Pegang anjing

I just remembered the weirdest damn thing from my primary school days. A stray dog had puppies at the side of the sports field and I spent a bunch of spare time in class making these elaborate disposable mittens out of exercise book paper and gum, because the school toilet didn’t have soap to wash hands and it was the only way I could think of to be able to pick up the puppies and still be able to touch my lunch box and play with my Muslim friends afterwards.

(My parents had drilled it into us that we had to wash our hands with soap after touching animals before eating and it never occurred to me to take that any way other than literally. As an adult owning an indoor cat an dog both on my bed as I write this, I have relaxed a little on that rule…)

I was like 8 or 9 years old, max. (Because it was in Taiping, and I can timestamp my entire life by location because I’ve never lived anywhere longer than four years.) At that age already got biosafety/must wear PPE mentality. No wonder I work in infectious diseases now.

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