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#SoCS Out damned spot! Out I say!

My safe spot

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “spot.” Write whatever image the word “spot” invokes. Have fun!

To see the rules for this weekly challenge and all the entries for Saturday 8 August 2020, visit Linda G Hill.

With the Coronavirus still on the loose, shopping malls should, strictly speaking, be avoided by the elderly (I’m including myself in this definition), but they offer so many opportunities to have fun – especially these days when all the fun spots are under lockdown. Also, I need to eat. So how can I stay away? I need some fun in my life.

Try the following for comic relief from doom and gloom when visiting your mall:

Stop at every sanitation station. Apply the sanitizer with gusto. Then vigorously rub your hands, all the while muttering under your breath: “Out damned spot! Out I say!”

In the cashier’s queue, practice the moonwalk (Michael Jackson style) in your spot. Or yoga. Yoga is good. But take care to maintain social distancing directives.

Saw a chair in a spot under a fake palm tree in the mall’s coffee plaza yesterday. ‘Twas the only chair available in the area, so I sat down on the floor next to it. Chairs should be left available for the older elderly, in my opinion. I couldn’t get up on my own again, which rather put me on the spot. Had to text my daughter to come and give me a hand.

Seriously now folks, Covid-19 positive cases are on the increase in South Africa and we are encouraged to abide by the regulations put into place by our government. These are not always feasible in all areas and everyone is feeling the strain of being in lockdown for such an extended period of time. We all need a safe spot where we can be free and to relax for a while, but maintaining our humour is also advisable.

Be safe and stay healthy.

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  1. Spot on!!!

  2. O my, you where in quite a spot of bother at the mall. Enjoyed the read as always, Hester. Stay safe.

  3. Hester, hier is my tegniek vir self-opstaan van die vloer af, soos ontwikkel gedurende my “Pienkvoetpret”-avonture:
    1. Uit ‘n sittende posisie, plaas albei handpalms op die grond na regs, swaai jou heupe om en gaan staan hande-viervoet. 2. Staan dan regop op jou knieë en sit jou regtervoet plat op die grond voor jou neer, soos ‘n Amerikaner wat die ja-woord wil vra. 3. Druk met albei jou voorarms op jou regterbobeen, trap vas met die linkervoet en hys jouself gedetermineerd op – dit werk vir my, mits ek verwoed konsentreer. As jy links is, voer die prosedure omgekeerd uit.

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      Frannie, dis uitstekende raad. Ek het ook nog altyd so ‘n omrol-aksie uitgevoer en dan staan ek met handeviervoet met die boude na bo. Dis ‘n baie onelegante posisie, om die minste te sê. Ek sal stap nommer drie gaan oefen totdat ek dit flink en vinnig kan uitvoer.

  4. Splendid post, dear Hester! You are right: fear kills, laugh saves! I wish you to overcome this bedlam with an air of a brilliant satire! Meanwhile, we are preparing for the 2n act….with humour, of course))))

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      Thank you, Maria. Yes, humour may be the very reason why this planet is still surviving today. Life is certainly never easy for most of us, but it’s especially frustrating under lockdown. Keep safe on your side.

      • 🙂 Thanks, my dear friend. I remember a funny Internet picture on the point: Gollum holds a roll of toilet paper exclaiming “My precious!” The other joke is: The virus is fake, because it is made in China. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I wish you r family & you sunny days no matter what. 🙂

  5. Spot the fun… hou daarvan dat jy geleentheid skep om fun te hê

  6. I’m at the stage that if I’m on the floor I can’t get up. My knees just don’t trust my body and won’t straighten up so that I can get on my feet again. Haha, ek gaan net nie af grond toe nie mits ek geval het nie. Wil vreeslik graag my groentetuin beddings omspit maar ek kannie in die bedding kom nie omdat dit te hoog is vir my bene om op te klim. Kry nogal lag as ek nie die klim en klouter meer kan doen nie.

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      Jy moet kyk, Frannie het iewers in die kommentaar goeie raad gegee vir hoe om op te kom as jy eers sit. Dis net nie ‘n goeie posisie vir ‘n mens se ego nie!