The last two weeks the flu has swept through our home knocking each family member down one by one. As a result, I have been the fortunate recipient of helpful advice regarding how to rid my home of this annoying virus. Some of the advice was valid and helpful, some, well… just plain hooey.
That got me thinking about the wisdom handed down from generations past. Which of the following gems do you think are true?
Feed a cold. Starve a fever.
Eating before swimming causes stomach cramps.
Sugar causes acne.
Going outside with wet hair causes a cold.
Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis to form in the joints.
Spicy food causes ulcers.
An itchy nose means company is coming.
If you make an ugly face, it will freeze that way.
Pulling a grey hair causes ten more to grow in its place.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyes.
Any guesses? All true? All false? I’ll give you a hint; only one is true!
Despite the well-intended statements above a young mother like me is wise to listen respectfully to advice from my elders. Consider Titus 2:4-5, “Then they (older women) can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
No one has all the answers but there is wisdom in listening to those who have walked down this road before me.
Therefore, my windows are open, the soup is on, I have purchased bleach, the house shines under a recent cleaning, and the bedding is changed. Thanks everyone for caring enough to advise me on how to protect my family from the 2011 superbug.