The Potent Winter Cold

Feb 20, 2019

Carol Varsalona

It's that time of year again when the winter cold spreads from one to another. Yes, it happens every January in my house but this year it did not manifest itself until the very last day of the month and has now lingered into February. I thought I was in the clear this past January but on the 31st I woke to the sniffles that led to congestion, headaches, and a full-blown cold. But I was not the only one. So many people around me were suffering.

I wondered how far and how fast a sneeze can travel so I turned to Wonderopolis' Wonder of the Day #1800 to find the answer to my query. I found many more facts after while reading the informational text but the best part of the Wonder of the Day was the hilarious video of a dog sneezing in front of a baby. The child's infectious laugh reminded me of my grandbaby watching me while I sneezed.

I tried to distract myself with the Wonder of the Day reading but kept flashing back to my winter cold that turned into a sinus infection. Twelve days after taking antibiotics, I am starting to feel better thanks to my doctor's health-wise plan. Now I can think clearly without incessantly sneezing so I wrote a quick poem based on the WOD, "How Far Can a Sneeze Travel?"


winter sneeze

use tissue please


do not wait

wash your hands

follow plans

©CV, 2019


Latest Posts from Our Lead Ambassadors:

Christie Wyman Apr 28, 2019

Haiku Generator

Ever tried creating a poem with Poem Generator? Why not give it a try!

Laura McShane Apr 26, 2019

Ride a Bike!

Do you remember learning to ride your first bike? How about that first bike accident! Did an adult help you fix your bike when the chain came off, ...

Matthew Arend Mar 30, 2019

​Wonder, Inquiry and 100% Student Engagement

(A co-written post by Wonderologist Lorie Lyon and Wonder Lead Ambassador Matt Arend) Having the opportunity to be a Wonder Lead Ambassador has ...