Susan Marie Molloy

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The Nose Knows, and So Do I


A couple of Fridays ago, my beau and I went out to eat after the show. There was only one place nearby that had fish on its menu, and that’s where we went.

Quiet conversation, the lake breeze, and the seagulls gliding across the pier made for a pleasant lunch.

Until I saw it.

A little girl, about five- or six-years-old, took the salt and pepper shakers at her table and put them on her nostrils. Then she licked them. And then back on her nose. Mama and Grandmama were oblivious as they seemed to be engrossed in conversation.

Little Girl taps Grandmama on the shoulder, shows her how cute she is putting the salt shaker on her nostrils.

Grandmama smiles. Grandmama takes the shaker and puts it on her nostrils.

Mama smiles.

How utterly adorable! It’s heartwarming to see such familial bonding.

Well, isn’t it no wonder that people get sick and wonder how they caught that cold, flu, pneumonia?

I was repulsed. And I resolve to bring my own pepper shaker with me when I go out to eat from now on. A pack of Handi Wipes® are in order, too, to wipe down any container I might use at my restaurant table.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

14 thoughts on “The Nose Knows, and So Do I

  1. A slice of life! Hilarious and sobering at the same time. Its a good thing we do not know more of these kinds of litte moments in other people’s lives. Its a wonder any of us are alive!


    • It was a shock, for sure, and made me realize why I would get sick when I am so fastidious about washing my hands when I come home, et cetera. We don’t always know about these gross things. It’s one thing if that’s what they do at home, but it’s another thing at a restaurant. No thought at all. Eeewwwwww……


  2. Please insert the apostrophes. I need another cup of java!

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  3. Oh that is so totally gross!! Some people have absolutely no brains. Honestly!

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    • It turned my stomach. It was one thing that the little girl was doing that, but then the grandma, too, while the mom laughed along? I agree with you Amy Rose! … As a side thought: My dad didn’t go out to eat in restaurants, and I’ll bet now I know why.

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      • Truthfully, Susan Marie, my husband and I do not eat in restaurants for the most part. We have grown too accustomed to eating really good wholesome food that we ourselves prepare. I worked for many years as a waitress and I know what goes behind the scenes both in the kitchen and on the floor. That being said I prefer to stay healthy then taking a chance eating in a restaurant. Some people’s behaviors never cease to shock me.

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        • Homemade meals are the best; I agree with you. We don’t go out that much; I’d rather cook from scratch. At least I know what I’m putting in and how very clean everything is. Two of my many siblings worked in a chain grocery store’s bakery, and I am grossed out just remembering all what they said goes on behind the scenes and what crawls around. … I’m glad to read your comments, Amy Rose; good to hear from you. 🙂 ❤

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  4. I am of the opinion that small children should be kept on leashes when they are paraded out in public. That being said, I am willing to take the heat……….

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  5. Ugh. Eating out is a risk.

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