Oh, the irony

When I hang cloth diapers outside, it is to serve two functions:

1) So that they dry. It takes an hour and a half in the dryer, which seems like a real waste of energy when the sunshine can do it for free.
2) So that they get cleaner. The sun bleaches out stains amazingly well, and the UV rays are anti-microbial, to boot.

So you can imagine my annoyance and disgust when I saw the large, crusty dark streak of bird poo on one diaper, plus extra spatter from said poo on another diaper as I was taking the supposedly clean load out of the laundry basket this morning. I suppose that's what you get for putting a bird-feeder in the yard.

And why is it that the once-a-week (*sigh*) poops of epic proportions from my own child doesn't gross me out at all, but one single streak of bird crap sends me running to the bathroom to get the rubber latex "poop gloves" and screeching, "Ewwwwwwww!!!"?


Jenn Hacker said…
Well, considering the fact that bird poop from certain bird breeds carries nasty nasty diseases which cause damage to the lungs and is transmitted through contact with human skin (this is why I don't allow Jamie to go barefoot outside) and baby poop usually just smells bad and is squishy....

Does that answer your question?
Suze said…
Ick! i didn't know about the diseases. which birds, pray tell? around here we have a lot of crows, finches, sparrows, cardinals, swallows, bluejays, woodpeckers, orioles, and probably lots of others i don't know about.
Tooz said…
Histoplasmosis is one. Pigeons and God knows what else do that one. David had it when he was working renovating Sayre School, and he didn't even know it at the time. But it left scars on his lungs. Google.
Jenn Hacker said…
Starlings are really bad about spreading disease. They're the rats of the bird kingdom when it comes to spreading disease. Pigeons are a close second.

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