Unless you've been under a rock somewhere, you've probably been reading the same frightening germ statistics that I've been reading. First we were told to avoid public restrooms, door knobs, hotel rooms, and unwashed produce. Now we have to be concerned about grocery carts, magazines in doctor's offices, lemons in our tea, shower curtains, and menus. Menus, people!! Enough! I am not ready to wear white gloves and a mask and wait for someone to write a movie about how strange I am!!
Yes, I wash with anti-bacterial soap. Yes, I have anti-bacterial gel on my desk at school. Yes, I wash my counter tops every morning before I make coffee. (Ever live with a cat?) I'm cautious, but not stupid. Germs aren't all bad and our immune systems need a little bit of a challenge now and then. I work with kindergartners- the filthiest little humans in the world- and I don't give it a second thought. I hold hands with them. I sharpen their pencils. I correct their papers. I haven't even had a cold this year!
And I also read that one of the worst things you can ever do is shake hands with someone. Think about that before next week's church service. Gloves anyone?