I just spent a few days with two colleagues from PKIDs. We have a lot in common: we’re moms of school-age children, we work for the same nonprofit, we work from home offices, and we’re all unusually aware of how efficiently unclean hands can spread germs.
So why, I have to ask, did we keep forgetting to clean our hands before noshing? We’d get about a third of the way through bread or something else you pick up with your hands, and one of us would stop and look guiltily at the other two. Out came the sanitizer as we agreed that it was good the kids weren’t there to see our fall from grace.
Rachael, who is more thoughtful than I, had several ideas as to why we were not as good as usual about keeping our hands clean:
- Like most people, one of the biggest barriers to handwashing is that we simply forget in the rush of daily life
- We were out of our routines and routine is an important step in keeping hands clean
- We didn’t have a plan – when out of our routine, it’s important to have a plan
- Hey, at least we put on the hand sanitizer as soon as we remembered
On the other hand, Mo has been mysteriously silent about the question of our forgetfulness. She may have come down with something . . .
If, like us, you’re having too good a time to stop and find soap and water, at least tuck some hand sanitizer in your bag or pocket. Maybe you’ll remember to use it!
Wish we had.