Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Out of the blue, coming home from swimming tonight:

J: How come people, like Daddy, try to not sneeze?
Y: What do you mean?
J: When they need to sneeze, they go like this (puts his arm up in front of his nose/mouth area and stifles a sneeze into his arm).
Y: Wow.  Good question, Josh.  I don't know.  I never try to hold back a sneeze (it's true) because sneezes feel good.  If my nose is itchy and I sneeze, I feel better after I sneeze.  Don't you think so?
J: Yeah.
(pregnant pause)
J: I tried to hold back a sneeze today.  In the playground at recess.  I put my arm up and went like this (does the same action as before).  It hurt my nose to hold back my sneeze.  That's why I want to know why people do it.

Funny how asking a question with a seemingly obvious answer makes the answer seem less obvious once the question is asked!


Karmjit said...

Because after two kids i might pee my pants at the same time?? Shall go read your blog now to see if I got that right :-)

Yvette said...

I almost peed MY pants reading your comment! Hahaha...

David Walker said...

Loved the comments :-) Sneezing into your arm is what the kids are taught at school to stop the spread of germs. I always let a sneeze go, but try to smother its effects.

Ducky said...

True fact: you can almost always eliminate the need to sneeze by tickling the roof of your mouth with your tongue. You're welcome.

Ducky said...

No, I have no idea why it works.

Yvette said...

Hahaha...thanks, @Ducky. @David, it wasn't the sneezing into the arm that was the big deal. It was the stifling of the sneeze!