All week long, I’ve been sitting on this issue. Trying to figure it out on my own. Pondering the complexities. And as always, whenever I come up against a brick wall, I come to you all. No matter how hideous the subject matter. I know you will have the answers I seek.
The delicate subject matter to which I’m referring is the picking of one’s nose. In public.
Which seems to have reached epidemic proportions in these parts. I’m not talking a little pick here and a flick there. I’m referencing mass numbers of children shoving their entire pointer finger up their nostril, until all that remains visible is the knuckle. And they don’t care who is looking. They don’t care if they are called out about it. They do not respond to requests or even threats to stop. It is as if it’s an addiction that cannot be resisted without intervention.
You may think that I’m talking about my own children. And you would be justified, since my own daughter’s nose picking habits have been well documented on this blog. But, thankfully, my children now consider nose picking to be a covert operation. And Cailey no longer uses it as a form of weaponry against her sister.
As far as I can tell.
I was around a group of homeschooling youngsters this week. Granted, there was a welcome change in the weather here in Armpit, Florida, so the humidity was down. I knew this to be a fact, as I was having a particularly good hair day.
The children, boys and girls alike, could and would not keep their digits out of their nose cavities. And there was even a diner, people. It was making me sick. And I have a pretty high gross out threshold as a result of birthing 3 children. My Cailey, who is usually inexplicably drawn to the gross and disgusting, even had to turn away to gag.
Frankly, I’m baffled. I mean, I’ve been around the block a few times, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going through a child’s head (save for his finger) to make him or her think it’s okay to publicly excavate one’s nose. AND THEN EAT IT.
Is this just homeschoolers that are affected, or do public schooled children display the same behavior between the ages of 4 to 9. I have a few elementary age teachers out there who read this blog. Please enlighten me. And moms, how do you deal with it?
I think I’ve found a new subject matter for my Manners Matter class I’ll be teaching in January to our homeschool co-op. I’m relying on you all for feedback, as it were, because I have yet to find anything about this in my manners curriculum.
Food for thought.