Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gross, but we're going to be fine

We were talking about germs yesterday over breakfast.  Our waters came out and Denise asked for a straw because, "I don't drink out of glasses." I get this.  I've seen plenty of glass cups with lip marks on them that were not mine. But I also think that hands are dirtier than lips. Teresa told us about her family who cleans their own silverware that they pulled out of their own drawers before using. Now that, I don't get

I'm not a germaphobe by any means.  I like things clean but I'm of the mind that we live in the world and the world is messy and washing our hands often is a good remedy for most things. We're surrounded by grossness all the time and look at us, thriving like a bunch of healthy things that thrive.

This reminded me of a conversation I had with Cynde's dad Al.  I asked him how he was doing and he said he was alright but his allergies were really bothering him.  He had been tested and learned that he was allergic to a number of things like eucalyptus trees and cockroach feces.  I had to stop him because how can you mention cockroach feces without your face melting off?  But he said that the Arizona desert is filled with billions of cockroaches and their poop dries up and crumbles in the wind and is carried to the city.

"So you mean we're breathing cockroach poop right now?"

This is what we have to live with!  And most of us are totally unaware and also, totally fine.  Except Al, who has to take pills for it.

Have you been to the beach? Do you know what the beach is made up of?  Bird and fish poop.  If you touch the water or the sand you're touching bird and fish poop.  That's just the facts.  And we're all having a great time there! I think we have a bigger chance of being stung by a jelly fish than we do of contracting some weird disease from swimming in poop infested water.

I'm not trying to freak you about with all this poop talk.  I'm just trying to show you that we're going to be fine.  And we can still have our weird germ hang-ups.  I won't ever bring something into the bathroom that does not belong there.  Like food or my phone.  And if I touch some one's hair I have to wash my hands immediately. And I'll swim in the ocean and walk on the sand but you will not catch me walking on a pier barefoot because people clean their fish there and that's just gross.


Tessy said...

Gross, cockroach poo! I guess it's no different to particles from your own toilet spraying back into the air of your bathroom hence the reason to keep your toothbrushes FAR away from the toilet (and yes, I hold my breath as I flush the toilet and run). I have an issue with poo, human and non-human (but mostly human) Is there a pill for that?! :p

Rach said...

Having worked in the food industry in the past, I tend to wash my hands a lot more than most people, especially when I'm preparing food. If I touch my hair, face, anything besides the food, money,, I wash my hands before touching the food. Mail and money both give me the germ heebs. The thing that's funny is that my kids cough, sneeze, spit, and occasionally vomit on me, and, even though I don't like it, it doesn't freak me out.

sarahgurl said...

I ate a cookie that fell on the sidewalk outside the sub shop I bought it from. It was $2 and still warm!!I couldn't help it...Greg ALMOST divorced me. He's a major germaphobe and i'm the farthest thing away from one.ask Camille

Stephanie said...

I am not a germaphobe, but I wash my hands a ton. I sometimes think that washing my hands makes me more immune to cockroach poo and random allergens - oh wait, I think it does.