Sunday, July 11, 2010

Is That a Snake in the Tub, or are You Just Happy to See Me?

Because it's hot, I'm spent, and life is good, a recycled post from April, 2009. Enjoy.

The kids leave their toys all over the house.

This is a truth known by parents everywhere. No matter what the said stuff is, the kids will inevitably leave it someplace other than said kids own room. Obviously, I'm no stranger to this completely normal act of childhood and if I had a dollar for every time I had stepped on a Lego or a Polly Pocket accessory...

Well, I'd be a very wealthy woman.

So when I do find the kids toys (kid shrapnel as my friends and I like to call it) in strange places it really should not surprise me one bit. Yet, sometimes it does.

I've mentioned before that there are a few things my husband cannot stand. Electrasol dishwashing tablets and snakes top that list. I cannot imagine the damnation that would occur if he were faced with a snake in a box full of Electrasol tablets...the words "epic" and "devastation" come to mind.

It wouldn't be pretty.

Knowing these truths, that kids leave things laying around willy nilly and that my husband is acutely bothered by snakes and Electrasol tablets, you'd think that I would have seen the situation unfolding the minute someone brought home a "grow snake" from the dollar store, one of those weird and completely bizarre "toys" (if you could call it that) that gets bigger when exposed to water.

Oh, when will I ever learn?

Of course (of course!), Katie wanted to bring that snake into the shower with her. You know, to make it grow even more! She was so excited, and I'm a sucker for a 5 year old who is excited over something other than Dora's new makeover, so I obliged.

"Sure you can bring that snake in the shower with you," I said, "just make sure you take it out when you're all done."

Note to self: follow up on whether or not a 5 year old actually heard you say "take it out when you're all done" is somewhat mandatory.

Did I mention that Katie showers in our master bath?

And she forgot her "grow snake" in there?

And I forgot to ask her to take it out and also forgot to remove it from the bottom of the bathtub myself, where it lay in all it's 3 foot long glory looking very much like a real snake if one did not look too closely?

Guess who had the next shower?


Ashley said...

Oh man...poor guy. I would have fallen over dead right then and there had I been him.

Kerrie said...

Snakes. I hate snakes. :)
Even Indiana Jones would've freaked out.

Managed Chaos said...

Great post..but holy snakes, I would have hated to have been him ;o)

Scattered Mom said...

Omg, too funny ;)

My hubs is okay with snakes, but the geckos in Australia freaked him out. Especially when he was trying to herd one outside our cabin and it fell off the ceiling and onto his shoulder.

Scout's Honor said...

Heh. I have a war being waged between this little @#$%mini metal airplabe and the space between my 3rd and 4th toes on my left foot. I am losing. Ouch. ouch. ouch.

Now my husband? Snakes, spiders, rodents? no problem. Yet that 6'2" fromer Army Captain can be felled with the slightest hint of vomit.

Yep, you herad me. vomit. He is absolutely useless when the kids get sick. I have to usually go run and get him a bowl too.


musing said...

How loud did he scream?

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

If that happened at my house, I would be writing my husband's obituary. He would die of a heart attack.

I like snakes, as long as they are the non-venomous kind.

The White House said...

That is hilarious! I bet he cried like a baby...

Julie said...

Hee Hee! If you had video you might just win some $$!!

Kim said...

I am sorry I laughed..but that is funny..and something I would have jumped out of my skin about.. :)

Kyla said...

Hahahaha! Oh, that's funny.

Heather Durdil said...

Okay is it sick to really hope he didn't realize it until he was washing his hair or something.

Great story!