I don’t make a habit of touching other people’s children, and I wouldn’t want strangers grabbing my little one’s cheeks - but that doesn’t mean I assume people (drunk or not) are literally diseased. Actually, I’m not much of a germaphobe. But if I was, I’d probably assume the lady who touched the corner of my precious angel’s blanket wasn’t more infested than say, the credit card touch-key pad Marissa likely used to pay for her purchase. In fact, if I was shopping at Wal-Mart I’d probably assume all of my merchandise had been doused in urine (or worse) by another child.
There’s a reason the My Tiny Hands signs are - as Shannon noted - frequently sold out. And it’s not because more “drunk people” are touching strangers’ children. It’s because more parents are developing intense neuroses and phobias about germs and bacteria. As I mentioned in a recent Round-Up, helicopter parents are not doing their children much good, and scientists have reported that dirt and germs can help to build up a child’s immune system (who’d’ve thunk it?). If you’re going to be the type of parent who allows these fears to dominate your life, try to quell your desire to post about them on Facebook. You sound … grating.
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