Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Germs: Dont believe 'em

We got to spend the day with Lindsay this past Sunday.  She is our 'baby', even though she's 22 years old (when did that happen?) ...

So we're out at lunch & Ricky reaches for the steak sauce.  Before he touches it though, he grabs a napkin & tears off a corner.  He then uses the napkin to unscrew the lid of it before pouring it on his plate.

Lindsay looked at him...then at me... then back at him.

"OK -what kind of show did you just watch about germs that is making you do that?" Lindsay asked him.

I'm thinking, "its not a show - its me talking about germs everyday & getting grossed out so easily over things"

But Ricky told her, "Do you know how many people touch that with unwashed hands? I dont want to touch that & then touch my food"

(Yes - I know, I know... he touched 100 other things that others had touched before as well... bottles of steak sauce & ketchup are his hang up... to each his own)

Lindsay looked at Ricky & with all honestly she could ever say anything with - she said, "If you dont believe in germs, they dont exist"

WHAT?  I looked at her & said, "Do you think germs are like Santa Claus or something?"

She said, "I just dont believe in germs... I dont believe they are there... I dont believe they exist... & that's why I dont get sick"

Come to think of it... she rarely does ever get sick...

The joys of being naive... I guess it can be beneficial sometimes...

Health insurance companies & medical practices may need to pick up on this idea :)


  1. I'm willing to give it a try. I'll make a good test subject ;-)

    My dad never used condiments that are left on the table at restaurants, because he said that little kids pick them up and lick the tops or try to drink the ketchup. gross.

    I always made fun of him for that, and then one day I was in an Arby's that had the squeeze bottles of Arby's sauce on the tables and I saw a little kid who was about three pick up the bottle, touch it and then stick it in his mouth and drink out of it. SO GROSS!

    That was the day I quit laughing at my dad for his condiment issues.

  2. We went out to dinner Monday night and I thought about the ketchup bottle as well!

    But to your daughter's point: there is a lot to be said for "mind over matter". There was a camp director that I used to work with who was a firm believer in that and he rarely was sick.

  3. Can't tell you how many times I have had to stop my own kids from licking bottles when they were little. It got to the point that when we went to a restaurant that I would ask the waitress to remove everything. Little boogers just could not be trusted to stick stuff in their mouths.

  4. I like your daughter's thoughts. I'm willing to give it a try.

  5. LOL! It's funny because I tend to think like Lindsay!

    My bestfriend who is litteraly obsessed with germs is sick, I swear, at least 9 months out of the year.

    I never think of it and I haven't been sick all winter.

    Aaaaahhh the power of persuasion! hahaha!

  6. This is a good point and too funny.. Enjoy your day..

  7. I have a tendency to be like Ricky a lot of is pretty disgusting when you think about it too much. Of, course, Lindsay just might be onto something. Afterall, they say, "Ignorance is bliss". Maybe there's some truth to that, afterall! :)

  8. My thing is the remote controls in hotel rooms. I try to remember to take a Zip-Loc bag to put it in when I use it!

    Hugs & love,

  9. Haha-ha...ha....ha!

    That And so does Ricky. He sounds like my husband. Come to think of it, you both do. Mr. Winslow has a bottle of anti-bacterial stuff on my piano as soon as you walk in the door you are to use it. There is some in every car and when you go ANYWHERE you are to use it. In the winter I feel like I bathe in it. Nice. But it keeps us from getting sick too. Although, we still do sometimes, I know not as much as we would if we didn't use it.

    I know, this is a comment not a book =)

    Love you friend ~~ Dawn

  10. That's hilarious, and I think she's on to something!
    I call myself the anti-germophobe. Other than people who are immuno-compromised, I think most people are way too paranoid about germs, and those people get sick far more often than people like me and my kids!


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