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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Only the Nose Knows

Caution: Disgusting nose action
Markie: He of the cute little nose . . .

I'm a good mother.
I am.
Or I thought I was.
It was a normal day in our world.
Husby off to school.
Baby fed and napping.
Toddler in his chair, eating breakfast.
I would add sunshine streaming in through the freshly-cleaned and gleaming windows.
And a canary singing cheerfully in the background, but that would stretch reality.
And we want this to be believable.
Right?
Moving on . . .
I turned to get another spoonful of cream-of-wheat.
Just as Markie sneezed.
I turned back.
Something was sticking out of his little nose.
Something long and . . . squarish.
A french fry.
What???!
How on earth did he get a french fry up his nose.
And without either his father or I seeing it?!
And, even more importantly . . .
HOW LONG HAD IT BEEN THERE???
I suddenly felt like the world's worst mom.
My little boy had somehow shoved a french fry up his nose, in plain view of both his father and I and we had missed it.
How do you spell 'inattentive'?
I pulled it out.
My boy survived the operation.
And cheerfully continued with his breakfast.
Little monkey.
But I've never quite been able to look a french fry in the face since.
So to speak.

22 comments:

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    1. I think they look on them as a sort of extra pocket.

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  2. Oh yucky! But that's so funny. I'm totally laughing out loud right now. ha ha I was waiting for you to post that it had some kind of black moldy stuff on it... but you didn't so it must not have been up there very long! :) Trayser made Colten stick an unpopped popcorn kernel in his ear when Colten was about 2 or 3 while Brian and I were on a date. It had to be surgically removed! The poor babysitter. I think she was traumatized for life! I'll have to write about this on my blog... there is more to it. :)

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to read it! Mouldy!? Oh, I would have fainted dead away! And your poor little man! Having a popcorn kernel surgically removed. I like popcorn, but that's a little too close, even for me!!!

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  3. lol
    That was funny.
    Like the song My Mommy said not to put beans in my ears beans in my ears beans in my ears
    Now why would I want to put beans in my ears Beans in my ears. lol

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    1. I loved that song!!! Mom always cautioned me not to eat watermelon seeds. She said I would grow watermelons in my tummy. Hmmmm . . .

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  4. Little boogers, aren't they. If we were to watch them every minute we'd have come with more eyes.

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    1. Yes. I think that every mom should come specially equipped with eyes in the back of their heads. And four sets of hands.

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  5. Diane, the tales I could tell you about the many things my nephews have stuck up their noses! Some, I witnessed and others, I only heard about as my sister shrieked into the phone. The Son never had the urge to stick anything in his nose. I don't know if that makes him smart or weird. hee hee! :)

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    1. Yep. I rest my case. Noses are just tiny little extra pockets. And about your son - I'm going to go with smart. Especially because you are my friend! :)

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  6. I have six boys and they have all done weird and unexpected things. If one thing is sure it is to expect the unexpected. Haha. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think 'expect the unexpected' is a perfect way to describe six boys!

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  7. I guess it's a novel approach to ketchup. :)

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    1. Dip, dip dip . . .
      What was he thinking!!! :)

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  8. Reminds me of a commercial I've seen lately where the little boy is continually back in the ER getting a myriad of things fished out of his ear. Moral of the story, you're not alone in this problem. All moms have missed a french fry or two! :)

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    1. Thanks Beth. That does help. A little . . . :)

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  9. I just wonder if that is a boy thing. I've heard lots of stories of things up noses (my hubby is one of 4 boys), but I can't recall many stories of girls doing the same. We have two daughters, and although they did lots they weren't supposed to, I don't remember them stuffing things up their nose.
    I have to laugh at the picture you draw, though!

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    1. Definitely a boy thing. Neither of my daughters tried it. Hmmm . . . Another spoke in the wheel of female superiority! :)

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  10. Luckily none of my kids pushed anything up their noses besides their fingers (and we unfortunately had too much of that). I do have friends with some funny experiences though. In kindergarten a friend put a Barbie shoe up her nose and her mom had to come get her from school and take her to the doctor for a removal.
    Another friend once thought her son was having sinus pain but the doctor found that he'd stuck a bean up his nose and it sprouted! (Thank heaven's there weren't a few "eyes" on that fry, lol.)
    And the last, when I was in the primary many years ago, one of the little kids shoved a piece of candy cane up her nose. She was screaming because it burned. Her nose was running pink. Needless to say, it melted out.

    I'm glad that this really isn't a determining factor in whether or not we're good parents. Most would fail....Oh! But I wouldn't! :D

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    1. A Barbie shoe! Ouch! And a bean that sprouted? Double ouch! My Mom always told us that if we swallowed our watermelon seeds, we'd have watermelons growing out of our ears. Maybe she was onto something . . .
      And that poor girl with the candy cane. Those things burn my tongue! I can only imagine how they'd feel shoved up a tender nose . . .

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  11. Oh goody! I have just discovered your site through the NOB hop and I love it! This entry alone had me hook, line, and french fries! (Or sprouted beans! ;) I have three boys of my own, and while they were never ones to put things up their noses, the shenanigans they get into are enough to make anyone crack up--both in the crazy sense and laughter! Looking so forward to reading and sharing more!
    God bless!
    Christy at Cross Moms

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    1. Welcome to the neighbourhood, Christy! I look forward to reading about your boys' activities! Blessings back!

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