The rules have changed. And no child in my family is the least bit disappointed. Under normal circumstances, the words, "OK kids, we have a new rule..." are met with groans and downcast faces. This new rule however, has been met with nothing short of elation.
In our family, Rule #146 has always been,
"No picking your nose in a public place (such as the family room or kitchen table)"
followed closely by Rule #147 which states,
"If you must pick, you must flick (i.e. no eating nasal products)".
In light of recent scientific discoveries, and our family's conviction that healthy living is a form of good stewardship, our rules have changed. It appears that a scientist in Austria, Dr. Fredrich Bischinger, a lung specialist, has determined that folks who pick their nose and eat the dry remains are strengthening their immune systems. He said, "The nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria is collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine."
Based on this evidence, we can add to the list of practices which immunize our children every day. We know that breastfeeding, letting our children roll in the dirt, and now, nasal snacks are all included in the category of healthy living.
Out with the old, in with the new. The new Rule #146 reads,
"If you must pick, you must lick (BUT NOT AROUND MOM-under penalty of death)".
The new Rule #147 reads,
"Never pick and lick when cleaning out the chicken coop."
Even healthy living has its limits.