The Electric Mundanity of Mrs. Myrtle Standich

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Touch Of The Flu

On Monday, June 20th 2011, Mrs. Myrtle Standich came down with an alleged case of the flu. The symptoms were a very small fever, a tender throat, and slight nasal congestion. Mrs. Ida Willaby arrived at the home of Mrs. Myrtle Standich a few minutes after ten o'clock in the morning after telephoning Mrs. Myrtle Standich and hearing of her malady. Mrs. Ida Willaby carried with her a bag of supplies for treating the ill. The visit, it should be noted, was conducted despite objections from Mrs. Myrtle Standich, who had stated, "It is not like I have small pox, Ida." The comment was said with only slight humor and certainly not in disrespect for those who have suffered from small pox. Mrs. Ida Willaby can be quoted as having replied with, "Nonsense."

A mere five minutes after Mrs. Ida Willaby's arrival, another arrival arrived. That arrival was Mr. David Standich, Mrs. Myrtle Standich's son, age forty-six. Mr. David Standich had been prompted by Mrs. Ida Willaby about Mrs. Myrtle Standich's malady and used one of his sick days from work to tend to Mrs. Myrtle Standich.* Mr. David Standich carried with himself a bag of supplies for treating the ill. Of note: there were now two bags of supplies for treating the ill in Mrs. Myrtle Standich's residence. Mrs. Myrtle Standich again objected, stating this time that Mrs. Myrtle Standich, "did not have typhoid." That comment was said with less humor than the small pox comment of previous. But, it should be noted that there was certainly more guilt after the comment was made for typhoid sufferers and their families.

Mr. David Standich led Mrs. Myrtle Standich to her bed and did tuck her in comfortably. Chicken soup was made and, though Mr. David Standich claimed it was home-made, Mrs. Myrtle Standich was not too sick to know that it was indeed of the canned variety. The yellow film along the sides of the bowl betrayed the ruse as did Mrs. Ida Willaby who could be sited on countless occasions as unable to be dishonest-even in cases where dishonesty could be excused.

And, though those visits were certainly unnecessary, it could also be stated by Mrs. Myrtle Standich that they were, in the end, appreciated.

*Mr. David Standich has worked proudly for the Kalesburg City Tree and Road Department for over twenty years.

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