Yesterday during my swine flu panic, I told Big Kid that he should wash his hands a lot for right now. Wash them before eating and after using the bathroom, and any time he thinks he might have touched something germy because there is a virus going around.
"So, I'm sposed to go back to washin' my hands like I used to? Like, all da time?"
"Good," he said happily, his OCD-like tendencies satisfied.
Today I picked him up and he said, "What was dat fing? Da one I'm sposed to wash my hands for?"
"Like fires? Or somfin'? I'm sposed to wash my hands all da time again 'cuz somefin' was goin' around?"
"Oh yeah, virus. A flu."
"I was tryin' to tell Ahsiya because she hadn't heard da news, but she didn't know what I was talkin' about. I was dest tryin' to tell her da news, she doesn't wash her hands enough is what I fink. So it's a virus?"
"Yep, but washing your hands with hot water and soap can kill the germs that make the virus."
"What's da virus called? You called it somefin'."
"Swine flu. I'm gonna wash my hands so much dat I'm gonna kill da swine flu. No swine flu germs are gonna get on me, I'll wash 'em away with hot water and soap and KILL DEM DEAD. Straight up to heaven to be wif God, dat nasty virus."
Oops. I mean, it's good he's serious about it and he'll definitely be washing his hands, but I forgot about his tendency to obsess/dramatize and the possibility of him spreading swine flu panic amongst the kindergartners .
Oh well. Won't hurt those snot-nosed brats to wash their grimy hands every once in a while.
I have some swine flu related links for you:
Do I have swine flu?
The truth about swine flu
Winnie the Pooh on Swine Flu