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June 12, 2008 |
Dear Mr. Keillor
I am an elementary teacher. This year I have had the worst problem with children picking their nose in my class. No amount of quiet asides was helping these children break their terrible habit. The other night I heard your "Don't Pick Your Nose" song on the children's show. I played it for my class the very next day, and for a couple of days afterwards. I am happy to report that 3 out of 4 nose pickers have been cured due to your song! The last kid seems to be a die hard, but I'll keep trying.
Well, there you are. We got some scorching response to "Don't Pick Your Nose" from people who felt it would inspire an epidemic of nose-picking, but instead it turns out to be a cure. Nose-picking is semi-conscious behavior and when you make children aware of what they're doing and what it looks like, they're likely to stop. Or do it secretly. And children aren't the only ones. I have known men who semi-consciously reach down and adjust their underwear in public — or rather adjust the contents of their underwear — and it's rather gross. I don't think I'll write a song about it, though. Poise. Maturity. Gracefulness. We're all aiming for it. I have a terrible habit of scratching the inside of my ear with the endpiece of my glasses — it feels good but it must look awful.