Kids are gross. They are precious gifts who bring a joy you never knew existed, but they are disgusting. Have you seen children brush their teeth? It basically entails making faces in the mirror while they lick bubble gum-flavored toothpaste off a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toothbrush.
Science shows that hand-shaking spreads germs more than you probably thought.
Today I had an experience that made me very emotional. It would not seem like a big deal to most, but it was to me. For (what seems like) the 100th time, I left a family party because one or more of the children at the party were sick.
My germ-phobia started at age 10 when my father contracted hepatitis from some tainted water in my hometown. Because it was a highly communicable disease, my mother had my brother and me on high germ alert. We washed our hands so much, we put Lady Macbeth to shame.