Lebanon Reporter

Commentary

July 6, 2009

There’ll be no Band-aids in heaven

Every year we gather at the home of my dearest friend for a huge Fourth of July celebration. Her house offers excellent seating for the parade and fireworks, and there is always an enormous amount of food.

Being that she is the “hostess with the mostest” everything is beautifully organized, right down to a well-stocked, readily available first aid kit. With more than 20 kids constantly running through the house there are more than a few bump and bruises.

A couple of years ago, as we were gathered on the front lawn, glassy-eyed from the third helping of some chocolate pudding, whipped cream, graham cracker concoction, and wondering when we should heat up the leftover brats for dinner, my 10-year-old daughter emerged from the house with a bloody knee and very sincerely, “Do you have any latex-free Band-Aids?”

This innocent question, asked by a girl who is indeed allergic to latex, brought about gales of laughter. Anyone older than 25 knows that latex free Band-Aids are relatively new on the market (as in debuted in the last decade) and are not yet considered a staple in first-aid kits.

The Band-Aid company has made considerable strides in the past 30 years. When I was a kid, there were no cartoon characters, nothing waterproof, no bright colors or heart-shapes, nothing pre-medicated with antibiotic ointments, and the word “ouchless” was not a part of our vocabulary. We had plain brown plastic that would stick to your leg for days. It didn’t “breathe” like they do today. And if you were lucky enough to have one wrapped around your finger, you could make it last so long that the edges began to roll down and get grimy. And when finally removed, your finger would be white and wrinkly.

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