Let’s begin the New Year on a light-hearted note and what better way to do that than checking in with our fourth grade buddy Sully, down in Baldwin County.

Couple things you need to know about Sully, like most young boys, he is not big into taking a shower and for certain does not see the benefit of a shower after going swimming.

So when I happened upon some advice about bathing, I immediately thought of Sully and sent the following tidbit to his grandmother.

The American Academy of Dermatology gives parents advice about how often to bathe their tots, based on how dirty and smelly they get. If they’re not too dirty from playing, the recommendation is a bath at least once or twice a week for kids between the ages of six and 11. Their little developing immune systems need some dirt (organisms like bacteria and small doses of viruses and infections) in order to grow up strong.

But once we hit age 12, the official bathing guidance stops. The AAD seems to assume that just about everyone is trying to wash away those awkward teenage smells, and that most people have a daily shower routine by the time they’ve reached puberty.

The truth is that we probably don’t have to shower that much. 

The immediate response from Baldwin County was ain’t no way I share this with Sully.  He might never get in the shower.

Then grandma informed me of a science project Sully conjured up and conducted.  He wondered if your shoes smelled worse if you wore them without socks or with socks.

I have no clue just how precise his “research” may have been.  Were the socks always cleaned to the same standards.  Was a new pair of shoes used for every repetition of the protocol?  Who was the official “smeller-in-charge”?  Had they been certified by the American Society of Smellers?  (Sometimes known as ASS.)  Did he wash his feet before each test?

The conclusion of the research was that socks do indeed reduce the smell in your shoes.  But for some reason, I doubt that Sully really cared all that much about his science project.

As some folks some times say, WE NEED TO KEEP IT REAL.  And Sully understands that for sure.