‘ Mama, the little man in the snow globe has moved, he’s twisted up.’
‘Emmaline, don’t be silly, the snow globe people can’t move’
‘And the little lady is stiff ‘
‘Shush child, go play with your snow globe.’
‘I hear our neighbour’s son is stricken with the dreadful Spanish flu, Grace,’
‘People are dying like flies, Robert, it’s an unusually deadly influenza pandemic.’
‘Caught from coughs, sneezes or even talking, we must avoid other people like the plague Grace’.
‘Daddy what’s pandemic?’
‘Don’t you worry sweetheart’.
‘Coming so soon after the The Great War it’s God’s curse for mass slaughter, Grace’.
February 1, 2020 at 8:32 pm
Wonderfully written, Francine. Scary, these cases of flu viruses that keep showing up.
February 2, 2020 at 5:44 pm
Thanks for your kind comment Dale. Yes, these pandemics are really scary, I was hearing lots of news stories about the current one, & it set me thinking.
February 2, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Thanks for your kind comment Dale. Yes, these pandemics are really scarey. I’ve been hearing lots of news stories about the current one & it set me thinking.
February 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm
Makes one think the reality of the world today.
February 2, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Thanks for your comment.
January 31, 2020 at 1:52 pm
The Spanish Flu was more deadly than the world war that preceded it. Thankfully, medicine and science have moved on from those days. Let’s hope we can combat this latest outbreak. Topical story, Fracine
January 31, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Thanks so much for your comment Lynn. The breaking news about coronavirus set me thinking about pandemics. I can imagine that people in the 1900’s could see the flu as a Biblical plague. Thank goodness medicine has advanced so much from then.
January 31, 2020 at 6:29 pm
I’m sure many did see it that way. Though perhaps not so many as back in the 1300s during the Black Death! And yes, we’re lucky to live in these times, most certainly.
January 31, 2020 at 7:51 am
The timing of the flu pandemic was a bit suspicious, wasn’t it?
January 31, 2020 at 3:12 pm
Interesting thought Ali —what do you was behind the timing of it ?
January 30, 2020 at 5:50 pm
At least steps are being taken to contain it, but with air travel so prevalent, it seems close to impossible. A frightening thing from which to protect one’s child.
January 31, 2020 at 3:33 pm
Thanks for your thoughtful comment Linda. I’m sure you are right about scale of air travel these days, it must be a real challenge to stop a virus travelling too.
January 30, 2020 at 5:28 pm
This was an ambitious attempt, Francine. I like the use of the snow globe as a metaphor for the isolation needed to control an epidemic. And the parents attempts to reassure their daughter while fearing the worst are effective.
January 31, 2020 at 3:37 pm
I appreciate your comment Penny. I was listening on the radio news to the anguish felt by British families kept in China, because one partner is Chinese. They must feel so powerless.
January 30, 2020 at 11:44 am
Current affairs makes this so real and a reminder of what can happen.
February 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm
I appreciate your comment James. Coronavirus is in our awareness just now.
January 30, 2020 at 11:18 am
Deep and disturbing, I like it!
February 2, 2020 at 6:02 pm
Thank you — glad you like it.
January 30, 2020 at 10:53 am
God’s curse – now that is worrying.
February 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm
January 29, 2020 at 10:36 pm
I’m thinking the folk in the snow globe have the flu too, life imitating life imitating news of today
February 2, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Thanks for your comment. That was my thought — snow dome small people
foretelling big events in the wider world.
January 29, 2020 at 8:34 pm
If I miss my guess, we went from the POV outside the snow globe to inside of it. It was a little hard to follow. But very topical.
February 2, 2020 at 6:14 pm
Thanks for your comment Rochelle much appreciated.
January 29, 2020 at 6:35 pm
That was a flu that people knew, no flu jabs then, come all unexpected
February 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm
Thanks for your comment Crispina. Just imagine, life before flu jabs, scarey.
February 2, 2020 at 7:21 pm
Yea, we are so protected. Perhaps over protected
January 29, 2020 at 5:02 pm
We both saw something similar in the prompt – I guess we’re both influenced by the current news from China! Good take.
February 2, 2020 at 6:25 pm
Thanks for your comment Iain, much appreciated. Yes I was aware of the of pandemic news coverage.
January 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm
The Spanish flu is one we shouldn’t forget
February 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Absolutely, til I looked up the Spanish flu to write my post, I didn’t realise how high the ‘casualties’ were.