Every winter I think I have one of the most dangerous jobs around.
Those Ice road trucker guys are tough, sure.
And the deadliest catch guys put their lives on the line every wave, sure.
But I spend the majority of my week teaching kids from 2 years old to 8.
Kids whose fingers are constantly gravitating towards their noses. Kids who are a bit slack about post-toilet hygiene- kids who I still help go to the toilet (thankfully only one or two of those!)
And these kids must collectively attend close to 10 preschool facilities and probably just as many elementary schools spread across the breadth of Matsumoto city and the surrounding towns of Hata, Misato, Horigane, Hotaka, Toyoshina and Akashina.
That's a lot of kids.
That's a lot of bacterial and viral micro-climates.
I'm a walking, talking, singing, chanting petri-dish.
A petri-dish who doesn't want to have the flu shot.
So, instead I am relying on:
Ok, I don't really believe that this is an alternative to the flu shot but I do think it is yummy and full of vitamin C and the girls and I love it on our cereal or with yoghurt or the syrup mixed with hot water as a drink.
It's yummy and scrummy and makes use of a fruit the neighbours all just let fall to the ground unloved and unwanted and we haven't caught a cold or flu yet so I'm claiming that it's working!