Are you the type of person to squirm when someone asks you what you’re listening to and borrow your earphones? Are you the type to sanitize your hands when you alight from public transportation? Do you cringe and hold your breath in a terrible fright when you are in the market and the breeze gets heavy and plastic bags start circling your head? I am!
And where nothing is wrong with wanting to be clean, after all, cleanliness is next to Godliness, are we really clean when we think we are being clean?
One day when I went to use the restroom in the Juicy Beef on campus I saw a sign that said: “Do not use your feet to flush”. Apparently, some valve or the other was being destroyed when people used their feet to flush the toilets as they did not want to touch the handle where other people might have touched after wiping their private parts.
Then it dawned on me that we run from one thing that we think is dirty because it is ‘obvious’ but then end up touching something else that would end up being the same thing or worse that we were running from.
After you use your feet to flush the toilet, you touch the handle of the bathroom door to come out. The person before you just wiped their private part and touched the same door to come out…what were you running from then?
You try your best not to let your hands touch a homeless person if you feel persuaded to give them some spare change. You will go and lean on Tastee’s counter in half way tree, however, and wait on your ‘Couple Up’ meal when the same homeless person just left with his and best believe he leaned on the counter while he was waiting on his meal like any valued customer.
We use tissue or hand towel to hold on to doors after we wash our hands but you open the taxi door with your bare hands and this is the 31st trip the taxi man making from daylight and 10 different ‘loader man’ packed the car. Have you seen a sink beside any taxi stand for these people to wash their hands after they relieve themselves on the roadside?
We complain day in and day out that “piipl mos bied! An wi kyaa tek doti piipl” bot wen wi liet fi di likl wok, wi rak an go ina di taksi or bos faas faas we gud gyal ‘Starlight’ jos git op outa, kaa shi jos a go oum fram wa lang nait a Nu Kinston an di man neva mek shi taidi arself bifo im sen ar out a di motel.
Some men don’t like to eat from their girlfriends when they just meet them because they say they don’t trust her just yet. However, we trust the Chinese food because it ‘nof’ but unlike KFC, Burger King, Island Grill etc that is open where you can see the food being prepared, you can never see in the Chinese restaurant kitchen but Chinese restaurant always full.
Ms. Mary’s mop accidentally touches our shoes when she’s wiping and the vile things that escape our lips sometimes like it is not her job to give us a clean environment. We are the same ones who will come off the road with our shoes and carry all the crosses straight through our homes and then some of us have kids that crawl on the floor that we haven’t wiped from the year of naught because we are ‘busy’. Maybe we should hire Ms. Mary and tell her to carry her mop for a little day work.
So the bottom line is, we can never be too clean because in the words of Shebada: “wi badi mek it oun dos”. We should actually think about everything that we come in contact with before we decide to scorn something or someone or when we try to portray an image of ultimate cleanliness because unless we decide to live in a bubble, we cannot escape dirt and germs.