T WAS the most unusual of gifts, a ham per full of different soaps! Now, don’t make fun of me dear readers for receiving this gift, I’m sure there be many who will, say, ‘Bob, you must have raised a stink with the speech you gave for them to have given you soap! Or maybe you used too many four-letter words, and them soap was to have your mouth washed so you would talk clean next time?’ I’m not sure dear folks, but twice I spoke in same school, and twice I got a hamper of soaps, and there they lay them soap all wrapped and lying in my cupboard, looking quite forlorn as day after day, I used sophisticated shampoo instead, and handwash and body wash from the US and ignored them lowly soap lying in my cupboard. Till Miss Corona came along! Oh yeah, she comes, and the whole world went into panic because the whole world, which was sending rockets to the moon, making driverless cars, and 2G and 3G and 4G and 10G hadn’t prepared to look after a betrayal from a virus belonging to their own earth. And suddenly as them people died, and suddenly as they found no cure in labs as they killed mice and rabbits, they found one in soap! “Use soap,” they said, “and keep the Corona at bay!” “Aha, my soap!” I say as I look with pride at my treasure that lies in my cupboard, and that slowly and steadily fights the virus back, “Aha, you are now the cornerstone, that the builder rejected!”Wash, soap, wash, soap and the virus it slinks away! In a crisis you have been crowned king! There be many like the lowly soap in the world! Men and women who feel they be inadequate against those others who they feel are more blessed! Today is your day!Today, while the strong around you sigh with depression, you bring light into their darkness, breathe positivity into the world’s negativity, bring hope and tell them you can see a ray at the end of the Corona tunnel! Like the lowly soap you lay quiet like, while them with health, and looks and physique ruled the roost, but now in this virus gloom, they lie listless on the ground. So use this period, dear Soap People to build people up again, show them the hope that comes from a God above, teach them to trust the Divine, and clean them soaplike, to face a tomorrow with joy! Like I said, ’twas the most unusual of gifts, but one, that today is most cherished. Be one today; a lowly soap that’s standing in the gap twixt life and death. You be the one that stands between despair and hope..!
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