Saturday, November 08, 2008

Brain Fart #428 - The Pick

"Mommy, a booger!" she shows me excitedly on her index finger.


I was reading an article in this month's issue of Today's Parent magazine, which talks, coincidentally, about this stage of 3 - 5 year olds when they like to pick their nose. They say it's not uncommon, and the reality is that most adults pick their nose too. Only usually with a tissue and behind closed doors. Kids usually grow out of the habit.

Or sometimes not.

The other day, I was at a three-way stop when an older woman drove up to the intersection on my left. Unfortunately she stopped before me, so she had the right-of-way. I say unfortunately for two reasons. The first of which was what I noticed right off the bat (because I always try to make eye contact at these intersections to make sure people DO REALLY KNOW their right-of-way rules). Mistake.

Because she was picking all right, not just a scratch, no, there was clearly some major excavation going on, along with flicking.


Unfortunate reason number 2? I had to follow her along the residential road, which had a 50 km/h speed limit for most of the way. Little lady pick, though, was driving at a snail's pace, 20 km/h if that. I could not pass her because of oncoming traffic. So I had to bear it for about 4 stop signs before she finally made a turn.

I can barely handle bad drivers on a good day. But bad drivers who are spending their time picking their nose when they should be focusing on the road? When I'm in a rush to drop off work at the printers in time to meet my 11:30 AM gym class?

Sure, pickers are people too...

But when it comes to road safety, I think that nose-picking should be banned in cars along with the cell phones. If for nothing else, to prevent distractions for other drivers. Safety first, right?


Cherry said...


I laugh at your point that adults pick too, but with a tissue. When my mom used to tell me not to pick my nose, I was so confused that it was ok for her to pick her nose when she lined her picking finger with a tissue. Made no sense!

Badness Jones said...

LOL! Thanks for the giggle.

Nooter said...

wish i could pick my nose, looks like fun

maggie's mind said...

Picking noses and driving don't mix, anyway. What if you hit something and get your whole hand stuck up there? ;)

imbeingheldhostage said...

ok, you're not looking at this from her side... maybe a bug flew up her nose--THAT would take priority over everyone else getting to work on time, right? Or maybe while she was sleeping, a child put a bb up there-- she could rupture her brain with an inadvertent sniffle!

Actually the whole idea makes me want to hurl. I can handle anything but snot, blwahbluck.

LaskiGal said...

Major excavating . . . oh, that is scary.

I one time not only watched a guy excavate, but then he proceeded to examine . . .

and manipulate it in his fingers while searching for a tissue.

The visual still freaks me out.

Miss said...

I guess it could have been worse. She could have been eating the boogers.


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