“Daddy, what would happen if you caught your own germs?” My Four Year Old asked.
“Hmmm,” I replied, “What do you think would happen?”
“I think you would get sick.” she said matter of factly.
“But, how would someone catch their own germs?” I asked.
“Maybe by touching themselves?” she responded.
“Okay,” I said, playing along, “So no more touching your feet, or your head or…”
“NAH!” she yelled, “That’s silly! Maybe you catch your own germs by touching something else.” she said.
“How would that work?” I asked.
“Well,” she said, “if someone touches something, like a doorknob, and then you touch it you get their germs. Maybe if you touch something and then touch it again you get your own germs.”
“Ah, I see.” I said, “so from now on we can never touch anything more than once.”
“NAH!” she said, laughing. “That’s silly Daddy!”
“But then, how will we keep from getting our own germs?” I asked.
“I guess we’ll just have to risk it.” she answered.