Mrs. Green Has a Cold


Mrs. Green’s head ached, her nose was red, and she was sneezing five times in a row. She pulled up the warm quilt her mother had made her when she was a little girl. She rubbed her finger along the soft pink ribbon on the outside edge. She took deep breaths in and out of her mouth.

Ampersand was nestled in the corner of Mrs. Green’s knee right next to her on the sofa. He would not leave her side. In fact, Mrs. Green had to get up and walk slowly to the back door and reassure Ampersand that it was only a cold and she would be fine, before he would go out.

Mr. Green walked over to the front door. He opened it up and put a sign on the wreath. The sign read, Mrs. Green has a cold and needs her rest. We will visit with you when she is feeling her best. Mrs. Green thanked Mr. Green, but deep down inside she felt sad about all the visitors she would miss.

Mr. Green let Ampersand back into the house and helped him get under the covers in the crook of Mrs. Green’s knee. He walked upstairs and brought down a collection Mrs. Green’s favorite audio books. The Classic Collection included, Little Women, Sense and Sensibility, The Secret Garden, The Importance of Being Earnest, Enchanted April and all of her favorites.

“What shall it be today my dear? Little Women?”

Mrs. Green delicately wiped the end of her sore, red nose on a handkerchief and thought for a moment. “The Importance of Being Earnest.”She said with a stuffed up nose. “Thank you my dear for taking such good care of me.”

Mr. Green smiled at his wife. “It is not often that we get a quiet day in. I will be right back.” Mr. Green went into the kitchen.

Mrs. Green settled herself under the warm covers and closed her eyes. She liked listening to the British voices in the story. She loved the formal silliness in The Importance of Being Earnest. It reminded her not to take life too seriously.

Mr. Green returned with a piping hot drink. It was Mr. Green’s mother’s secret cold remedy. Mr. Green made it for Mrs. Green when she was sick. He would not tell her what was in it. Mrs. Green loved a mystery. The secret itself acted like a placebo and she always felt better after drinking it.



Mr. Green’s mother’s secret cold remedy:

One cup English Breakfast Tea

One teaspoon honey

Copyright Terri Neagle Donaldson 2015

Terri Neagle Donaldson and Stressfreestories, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Terri Neagle Donaldson and Stressfreestories with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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