Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Five Second Rule

I had never heard of the Five Second Rule* until I met SwingDaddy. Growing up, if your cookie fell on the floor, it was considered dirty, even though my mom kept the house spotlessly clean. Milk would "go bad" instantaneously if you set the carton down on the kitchen counter, instead of putting it back in the fridge.

As SwingDaddy and I settled into life together, we gradually made adjustments in our habits, although I never could quite eat something off the floor. The biggest changes, of course, came with Q.

When he was a newborn, we sterilized pacifiers, bottles, and breast pump components. We boiled water, we washed his clothes in dainty loads, using the special baby detergent, and we changed his clothes at the first sign of a spill.

Now, my child tromps through the park, picks up leaves, and puts them in his mouth. A few days ago, I watched in disbelief as he tried to drink from the garden hose.

"Augh! Isn't that non-potable water?!"

"Generations of children have done it. A little bit is fine," assured SwingDaddy.

Right. I couldn't help but distract Q from the hose. It'll take a few more years to get over that one.


*For those of you with backgrounds like mine, the Five Second Rule says you can take dropped food off the ground and eat it, if you pick it up fast enough. It's still "clean."

7 comments:

Momma to LG said...

We drank from the hose all summer every summer so we wouldn't have to go inside. Yum!

YF said...

just yesterday i was telling fiona that water from the hose is ok to drink, but cringed a little bit...

lara said...

i remember drinking from the hose as being a big special treat during the hot summer months. mmmm - refreshing!

Andrew's mommy said...

I would have the same reaction to the hose drinking. Andrew hasn't done that yet, but he does like to drink from the bath faucet.

Lady M said...

Thanks for sharing your water stories, ladies!

Mary P. said...

Gee. It would never have occured to me, ever, that hose water wasn't safe. It's the same water as is in the rest of the house, after all.

We have a TEN-second rule around here. My kids will swoop down on something, hollering, "Still good!" I didn't teach them that, but it makes me laugh, every time.

Eric said...

Haven't we expended great amounts of public funds to ensure that all water our households consume is potable? I'm with Kari ... I always loved drinking from the hose during summer!