Superstition Silliness

Here in Texas we love rain. It’s like a long-lost friend: you remember it fondly, and rejoice when you see it. This past weekend we got a healthy visit from our long-lost friend. Let’s just say, my front lawn no longer looks like a fire hazard.

Anyway, a few days before that, we had a freak storm come through. I went to pick up the kids at the high school, when the skies opened, the wind whipping the rain sideways. It was glorious!!!! Unfortunately, not for the kids. Eldest was in ROTC uniform, and son had his instrument and couldn’t shield his face from the onslaught. But they make it to the car, and off we go slowly, not just because of the school zone, but because some people around here freak out when there is water falling from the sky.

We get home, and I instruct the kids to take hot showers ASAP. Son goes off with no complaint, but Eldest decides to just change into her PJs and a robe. Whereupon Momma freaks out:

Me: Eldest, you need to take a shower, now!

Eldest: But Mom, I’m already dry.

Me: Doesn’t matter. Go get in a hot shower.

Eldest: But why??

Me: I don’t want you catching a cold.

Eldest: …….

Me: It’s an old wives’ tale. Just do it!!

Eldest: Mom, you know I’ll be fine.

Me: Go take your shower before you catch your death of cold!!!

Eldest: (sigh)

Yes, I well know that you get a common cold from a virus. I also know the reason we associate catching a cold to being wet is due to winter, and dry air lowering the body’s resistance to the virus. I KNOW THIS, PEOPLE!!!!

But it doesn’t matter. It’s ingrained, and I will enforce it until the day I die. Or until the kids move out.

Whichever comes first 😉

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10 responses to “Superstition Silliness

  • LC LtC

    One prime duty of a parent is to provide the kids with material for cute stories about you with which they can amuse your grandchildren.

    Good on ya, Mom!

  • The Queen

    It is unfortunate that they don’t just do what we tell them without question! Oh, when I rule the world….. 😉

    • LC LtC

      Yeah, good luck with that. And do you want to be completely responsible for how the little darlings turn out? Best leave ’em some rope of their own, eh?

  • Purple Raider

    Aggie, could you PLEASE talk to my son?

    Hard to be downwind of him, if you know what I need.

  • Guy S

    PR, or a fire hose! Have the same issue here with the oldest spawn. How his gf puts up with his wiftyness at times, is a mystery. He is at the awkward age of not yet in his twenties, but already out of high school, and into (junior) college.

    He may soon find himself in either the Navy or Marine Corps if he doesn”t get his act together. *Plate breaking in 3…2…1…

  • Laura

    I was supposed to have caught pneumonia and died at least a hundred times due to walking outside with wet hair. I’m a walking miracle. FOR NOW.

  • Nomstress

    I went outside and played in the hurricane. More than once.

    Perhaps that actually explains a lot! 😛

  • Jess

    I disagree about it being an old wife’s tale. First, being wet and chilled is a stress, which a hot shower, or bath, will alleviate by insuring the body isn’t stressed further. Second, washing removes the bacteria or viruses that are on the skin of the person that’s stressed. So, you remove the stress, pathogens are reduced and the possibility of being infected is lowered.

    I’m not a doctor, so you can make up some magazine article and act like you know what you’re talking about. Just don’t put on a postal worker uniform and talk like Cliff Clavin.

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