Tuesday, March 21, 2006

*&%$! personal hygiene instruction

To our surprise, C does actually learn some things at school, and occasionally he learns them better than when we tell him the same thing at home. He knows that when the letter y is at the end of a word, it makes a long e sound; he sneezes into his elbow; he knows that penguins live only in the Southern Hemisphere. However, he was also apparently taught to mumble all the verses of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" while washing his hands to ensure their cleanliness, and this means that his hands are red, chapped, and bleeding. He throws fits when we put lotion on them, so we're torn between super-gluing rubber gloves on or instructing the school nurse to apply Aquaphor hourly.

(Of course all this hand-washing hasn't kept him from getting sick today- we're hoping he didn't get it from Ye-ye....)


shannon said...

It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus
washing her hands: I have known her continue in
this a quarter of an hour.

Yet here's a spot.

Hark! she speaks: I will set down what comes from
her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why,
then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my
lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
account?--Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him.

Dan, Sarah, Cadao, and Alyra Rain said...

His OCD comes from Dan. :)

shannon said...

Better than Lady Macbeth's issue!

Aunt Maureen said...

Beer songs? In school? Legal? I think not!

Dan, Sarah, Cadao, and Alyra Rain said...

Oh, that's right- it was US who taught them that! They must have had him handwashing to "this is the song that never ends...."

Aunt Maureen said...

Of course the OCD might stem from the side of the family that has memorized The Complete Works of Shakespeare!