I really take issue with this rampant anti-germ perspective that we seem to be stuck in.
Every time I turn around, I’m watching a commercial showing a mother with perfect hair and just-not-mom-enough clothing looking at her spawn with disgust as they enter her fortress of a suburban home….bringing with them STUFF FROM OUTSIDE!
Oh dear Jeebus, save us all, little Jimmy has touched STUFF OUTSIDE! Hose him down with Clorox! Burn off the outer layer of his young supple flesh! Freak out in all ways possible! Everyone knows that outside = plague, right?
I seriously hate this. I hate that these idiot mothers buy into this idea that they must have incredibly sterile, germless homes and that their children cannot stand any exposure to even an iota of dirt or even worse, a virus.
The thing is, they always show these kids sneezing and then wiping their snotty hands on the couch/table/TV remote. Then Mom swoops in and sprays it down with some antibacterial spray that they bought for $6, complete with pleasant lemon/pine/lilac scent. See a problem with that?? Yes, that folks is fearful marketing working at its best. The mom sprayed antiBACTERIAL spray to try and kill a VIRUS. You can’t kill viruses. That’s why there’s no cure for the common cold. You can make the symptons seem less severe, but it’s just going to run its course.
So what is supermom really doing? She’s buying into the marketer’s brainwashing that she can’t be a good mother without this shit. Um, ever heard of superbugs? And immune systems? We’re creating super bugs, cuz we don’t trust our immune systems. I grew up eating dirt, playing in barns filled with cows and placing the 5-second rule on top of the list of commandments. A little dirt won’t kill you. A couple of germs won’t kill you. They will strengthen your immune system. You will fight off serious things easier. When I was little, I remember we fed my brother grasshoppers. Ha. Hahahaha. We also told him that big kids drank gingerale up their noses, not through their mouths, but that’s a different story.
Through several of my own VERY scientific studies, complete with controls and all that, it seems that kids who grew up able to eat dirt and food off the floor developed fewer allergies and get sick with piddly things like colds less often. Kids who grew up in houses with neurotic parents (the boyfriend…..what? who just called his mom neurotic?! That’s mean! Hush!) seem to have more allergies and get afflicted with annoying colds more often than others (me).
That’s my rant. I really hate how people are making themselves sicker by trying to kill things that DO have a purpose, which is to strengthen the immune system. Okay, so maybe you can stave off colds and shit while little Jimmy is in grade one so he can win the Perfect Attendance award at the end of school, but once he gets older and starts hanging out other places, he’ll totally be the guy that’s gonna get sick. Way to go moms!
I say a bit of dirt is good for you. Hell, it’s just a bit more protein. I’m not saying live in sloth, but please stop breeding superbugs you suburban spazzes! Try to limit the Lysol saturation of your countertops and stop carrying a tube of Purrell in each purse and pair of pants. It’ll be okay! I promise! Now, go lick a floor or something.