Thursday, July 27, 2006

It's Just Sand

Here I am, half-way through summer, over 30, with kid #3, and I learn this new trick? All summer, I've been perplexed with how dirty Katie's swimsuits get at the beach. This is especially hard for me due to the fact that I'm addicted to stain removal. Each time we come home and I wash her light colored suits, there are always little black specks all over them - from that dirty sand, I think. So, I wash and wash and figure that I'll never buy her anything but black from now on (pretty goth for a 2 year old when all the suits are bright, fun colors, don't you think?).

And then, one magical day at the beach while admiring our daughters frolic in the lapping waves, I turn to my good friend Linda and say "I wish Katie's fishy suit didn't get so dirty at the beach, I hate all those little black marks all over it".

To which she replies "It's just sand, stretch it out under running water and it'll come right off". I hear angels singing, the theme to Chariots of Fire, I picture a giant-sized lightbulb coming to life in my empty head. I can't wait to get Katie home, strip off her sandy suit and have a go at it in the kitchen sink.

Finally the time is here, I grab that suit and like a crazed lunatic during a full moon, I tackle the sand. It comes off so easily, I keep saying to myself "I can't believe this". I try to think if there are any more sandy beach clothes in my children's drawers because the satisfaction I'm experiencing is intoxicating. I am obsessed. I can't wait to take her to the beach again and let her cover herself up in sand only to be whisked home by her crazy mother who will then spend 30 minutes stretching and pulling under the faucet only to hold up the finished suit and proclaim "VICTORY"! Aaaaaah, the sweet sound of success is a happy mommy with a clean swimsuit dancing around the house saying "I got the little black marks out, it's my birthday . . . uh huh, I'm gonna party like it's my birthday . . . I'll drink Bacardi like . . . oh nevermind, I got those little black marks out"!

See more cute pics over at Linda's!


Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

Coooooooool tip about stretching out suit. Thanks. We are going to the beach next month. I will remember that.


Mamacita Tina said...

and stretching out the swimsuit for 30 minutes is a gret workout for your arms too! more celebrating is called for.

Angry Dad said...

You sure find interesting stuff to get excited over. Woo Hoo, washed out a stain! Woo Hoo!! LOL. Although, that said, when I found out it was Cold water that washed out blood, I was pretty wrapped! (A long and personal injury story!)

sunshine scribe said...

That just cracked me up. I have never seen such enthusiasm over stain removal or sand. You made my day :)

Becky said...

i never knew that either!!!!! thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Ohhh that's a really good tip. Would have never thought of it. Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

Great tip!!!!!

and CUTE photos!

Kevin Charnas said...

lol...good, tears gone, now you're cracking me up.

glad that something easy worked...that's nice for a change, huh?

Michelle said...

What a great tip! I'll have to remember that