Careless Words

At times we can be careless and even reckless in our choice of words.  That point was driven home to me on Saturday.


I was walking by the kitchen where Sylvia was at the counter preparing a meal.  She said, “I’m making poppers, do you want me to leave seeds in your jalapeños?”

Being a bit distracted, I responded, “What ever.”  Thus far, our peppers haven’t been that hot.  Sometimes I like a bit more fire.  How was I to know that the potency had increased?  I probably should have been a bit more careful in my choice of words.

Later at the table, Sylvia carefully selected three for me and took the other three for herself.  She took the first bite and observed that hers was a bit more spicy than usual.

On the first bite, I realized she was correct.  On the second bite, I retrieved a tissue as my sinuses began to clear.  (This has been a bad year for allergies and they’ve had me congested all summer.  Clearing the sinuses means welcome relief.)

As I was finishing the first popper, two more tissues joined the first one.  Soon, I reported, “One down two to go.”  Sylvia smiled at me.

After the third popper was gone, I discarded three tissues.  My sinuses were clear and it was easy to breathe through the nose.

Now it’s Monday afternoon and my sinuses are still clear.  That’s a good thing.  #ReadyForMore

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

8 thoughts on “Careless Words

  1. Nice story…made me smile !! But it’s no peppers for me….tummy says No No.

    • I had two tonight and didn’t fill another tissue. Jalapeños are an acquired taste. But they are so delicious once you are able to beat the bite and tingle. :laff:

  2. It sounds as though you’ve found a great remedy for sinus problems.

    I like hot foods but have never had poppers.

    • It certainly worked for me. With the center filled with cream cheese and shredded cheddar and the outside wrapped in bacon, poppers are not something I want to eat every day.

  3. I love spicy food and have had to leave it alone for a while. My allergies are horrible and I wish I could eat the peppers.

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