I was in class the other day, taking notes and doing my school thing, when the person seven to eight seats away from me shot a sneeze that startled even the people walking around outside. And then, a frightful thought process began. Should I say bless you? Am I too far? Would it count? Would they hear me? Would I be disturbing my classmates? Now, I’m sure someone else has thought about it. I can’t be the only oddball out here.
Okay, well, maybe.
Eventually, as the blessings rose from every individual in the room, I jumped in. Trust me, that person is blessed for life. And then there’s always that awkward person who says bless you when all the blessing’s been done. Poor, awkward soul.
I’m sure it was only easy for me to figure it out this time because the sneeze was so loud. Had it been some teeny, mouse-like noise emanating seven to eight seats in any direction, I wouldn’t have known. And so! I’ve developed an ingenious method for figuring this out.
Say you’re the dot in the center of this diagram. Should anyone within a 7 foot radius sneeze, then, by the rules of society, you are obligated to bless the sneezer. Now, if you are outside of the circle, meaning more than 7 ft away from the sneezer, then you automatically become an annoying goody two shoes who interrupts class. There’s also a good chance that the sneezer wouldn’t even hear you and the people around you will laugh. At you. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If a person immediately out of the 7 foot range(7.1 ft) blesses the sneezer, then something I like to call Hoop of Holiness is activated, where several circles now become linked to the sneezer’s circle, meaning that if you are within any of these hoops, you must bless the sneezer.
And that’s that.