Yesterday, I was at a restaurant with Audrey and her family. It’s a rather large and pleasantly noisy family restaurant, so taking her 4 little guys was no problem. Within .5 seconds of settling comfortably, William (4) asked me to take him to the bathroom. Let me just add… there were Mommy and Daddy, Auntie Janie and Pop-up, but William requested me for this activity. Of course, I was more than happy to oblige.
The bathroom in this restaurant is big and clean and always stocked with soap and paper towels. (Maybe this is why I like it here so much. Not the food. But the bathroom!) Once the actual bathroom thing was taken care of, we headed to one of the many sinks for hand-washing. Over the sink, on a nicely printed plaque, were the words:
EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK
William is now very interested in words and reading, so he asked me, “Grandma, what does that say?’
I read it to him.
He thought for a second while he lathered his hands, then he asked, “What are employees?”
I told him.
As he began the rinse process, he looked particularly puzzled and asked, “Why do only employees have to wash their hands?”
I explained that everyone should wash their hands, of course, but employees need to be reminded because they will be touching food and dinnerware and utensils and tables… etc. You know, stuff grandmas say about hand-washing and germs and all that…
I grabbed a paper towel for William, but he was concentrating more on what I had to say than on drying his hands. “Grandma,” he said, “everybody touches food and utensils and things. I think they should have a sign for everybody to wash their hands.”
Ah, a little guy after my own heart. “You know what, William? You’re absolutely right!” I said.
Now, how do I go about introducing legislation that mandates HAND-WASHING for EVERYONE who uses a bathroom? And where would I find the HAND-WASHING Patrol? Any volunteers?