Friday, September 13, 2019

Never Judge By A Sniff

It's Friday, it's Friday...oh sorry you probably hate that song and now it's stuck in your head. However, it is Friday and time for another writing challenge. Today it is time for Use Your Words and this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now. Dun Dun Dun... cue weird music.

Links to the other blogs featuring this challenge are listed below. Check them out, see what words they got and how they used them. Grab a cup o' joe or tea, plop yourself down in a comfy spot and after you finish this post, which well hello you are at the end of, pop over to the ones listed below.
Thanks again for stopping by!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado             
Wandering Web Designer    
On the Border                    
Follow Me Home                     
Part-time Working Hockey Mom 

Your words are: banana ~ airborne ~ ace ~ vestibule ~ canine

There is a canine named Ace running through the vestibule carrying a banana and wearing an airborne vest.


Sorry that was my weak attempt at humor. Now to try and do justice to the words that Shellybean submitted. Although it did give life to an idea so let's see how this works out shall we?

Sue walked in through the double doors, she stopped for a mere second to admire the wood, solid oak, hand craved and crafted by a member many years ago. Pausing in the vestibule she crossed herself and proceeded into the sanctuary. 
Having found her favorite spot, because well don't we all have one, she sat herself down. Almost immediately a gentleman sat next to her. He leaned over quite close and took a sniff. Sue leaned away, what kind of weirdo did the ushers let in this morning. He sniffed again and smiled.
Sue slide further down the pew. She took a side glance at the man and noticed his service canine aka dog. The dog was wearing a vest that said "Service animal please do not pet" and she wondered if he would bite?
It was then that she noticed the man had his eyes closed and sunglasses laid in his lap. She wondered if he was blind and felt ashamed that she had, in her mind, called him a weirdo.
For some unknown reason she felt misty eyed and reached into her purse for a tissue and then she saw it. The reason the man had sniffed she was sure of it. It was the banana peel, she meant to throw it in the trash outside but someone had taken up the cans, now it was in her purse smelling up the church. Oy!
Sue wrapped the banana peel into her tissue and quickly went to the restroom to throw it out. On her way back she heard one of the ushers refer to the dog as Ace and she thought that it fit him nicely.
Service was long this morning and her butt was going numb, man she sure did wish that the building committee would go for padded pews.
Once the service was over the man next to her put his glasses on, stood and took hold of a metal handle of sorts that was attached to the vest on Ace. This confirmed for Sue that the man was blind. Again she felt like a real heel.
He started out and stopped, turning toward Sue, he said, "excuse me ma'am but can I ask your assistance?"
"oh my, yes, what do you need?"
He smiled shyly and said "the restroom, as it is my first time here I am unfamiliar with the layout and I sense no one else near by to ask. I do hate to impose and hope I am not offending your female sensitivities."
Sue smiled, he was older than she thought at first and thought it very sweet and sad all at the same time.
"oh no bother and I'm not offended. If you will turn and follow me out the left end of the pew we can access the hall faster and with less traffic if that is okay."
He said, "well first let me introduce myself, Bridges. Mr. Bridges. I'm sorry it is an old Airborne habit to use my last name only."
"Well, Mr. Bridges it is nice to meet you and I am Sue."
After navigating the hallway and running children they safely arrived at the restroom door where Sue stayed in case he needed her help finding his way outside again.
Mr. Bridges exited the restroom and said "if it is not too forward of me, would you do this old vet a tremendous favor and accompany me to lunch?"
Sue smiled, "I would love to."
And off they went, soon to become fast friends with lots of conversations over coffee and walks in the park.


  1. I love where these words took you. Great story. Maybe some day we can hear another one involving Mr. Bridges and Susan.

  2. Love this story. I hope you continue it. I want to see where it goes from here. Great use of your words. (Rena)

  3. This is the first time I hear a blind person asking for assistance. I have offered a few times but felt like they were offended.

    The one time a gentleman asked on which track the train to Zurich went, and stupid me motioned with my hand "over here!" Immediately I noticed and wanted to unsay it. He grinned. "Left or right would be helpful."

  4. I love BOTH uses of my words, Dawn! What a great job! I would, in fact, very much like to know where this story might go...