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Naked Isn’t Always Good
my·so·pho·bia noun : abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination I am a recovering germophobe.  There.  I’ve written it down.  It started sometime when I was a child, probably around the time my mother explained to me why I shouldn’t share chapstick or drink glasses with other children.  She worked in a hospital my entire childhood, which I am sure sullied her views of normal childhood sharing while concurrently affecting my perception of how often people got sick with really odd things.  The peak hit in college when I lived in a dormitory, which probably doesn’t need much explanation.  Even for those who chose a path other than college, the images of thousands of people coming together in one small communal living space with shared bathrooms is descriptive enough. When L. turned 10 months I finally had to confront my fears of the dreaded mall playground.  All those bare feet, hands, runny noses, and drool were almost more than I could bear, although it should be noted that this was before the advent of the daily cleaning sessions that mall play areas have now implemented (thank you swine flu!).  Husband finally sat me down and had a talk about statistics, illnesses, building immunity, normal childhood, and other things I tuned out as soon as I realized where he was going with the conversation – and where he wanted me to let our child play. In the end, however, I finally made the leap and let L. play in the children’s area.  I must say it was far less traumatic than I had thought it would be (though I did use wet wipes generously after leaving, on both her hands and her feet), and she did not, as I had feared, come down with typhoid, any sort of pox,... Continue Reading
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