In the early days of lockdown, everyone joked about it, seemed to think it appropriate to make mention in Zoom meetings and social media of when they’d last showered. As his friends and family began caving and coming clean he began to take not showering seriously.
That first week had seemed interminably long, and the second longer, but after that he no longer noticed, in fact liked that he could easily comb his greasy hair with his fingers, felt genuine pride in his stewardship of the environment and water resources through no longer partaking in such a wasteful wanton habit as showering. He pointed out the benefits to his immediate family, his bubble people, explaining how he had no problem keeping others at six feet when he got the groceries and the mail.
But maybe that and his mask and his hand washing (he did wash his hands) wasn’t enough against this horrible contagion, for upon arriving home after walking the dog, he saw that members of his immediate family, his bubble people, were dressed in hazmat gear.
When they turned the hose on him he realized that it wasn’t Covid they were dressed for but his own powerful stench, and he also realized they were justified in their actions; but still, as the family gathered close around him, soap and sponges in hand, he fought them just to feel their hug-like tackles.
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PROMPT WORD: SHOWER