This got me thinking about how I never used to wash my hands after eating. I would eat greasy, cheesy pizza, wipe my hands on a napkin, and go on my way. Or I'd eat some Cheetos, lick my fingers, and be done. Once we learned about Bubs' food allergies as a baby, we became diligent hand washers. Especially after handling food. Now I can't stand to not wash my hands after eating, even when my kids aren't around. It has become ingrained. It has become natural. It actually shocks me that other people don't wash their hands after eating. But I have to remember that I live in a different bubble than most people.
I'm glad I had the chance to have a quick teachable moment. Even if it wasn't a full on food allergy education, I hope I got my point across that it is important to wash hands after eating, not just before. I'm glad my girls understand the importance of washing off allergens, even if they can't yet articulate what they are doing or why. They do, however, know, that they are washing the allergies away. It is my hope in our society that hand washing after eating becomes as normal as hand washing before eating. It will help keep our kiddos safe!