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Friday, June 22, 2018

Spun Pudding

Daddy, George and Me.
I'm the one in the dress . . . and curlers.
My Dad had made me a new toy.
It was a large - very large (about 5 inches in diameter) button on a string.
Intriguing.
You would thread a long, heavy string through the holes of the button and knot it. Then you would push the button to the centre and grip one of the two loops of the string in each hand.
Now you held something that resembled . . . a button on a string.
But then came the exciting part. If you wound up the button, you could pull the string out away from the button on each side and it would unwind and rewind the opposite way.
If you handled it just right, you could keep it going.
All day.
Which I did.
And it created a bit of a breeze if you got it going very fast.
Which I also did.
Enough background . . .
Mom had just made a large pot of pudding and set it on the cupboard to cool.
I was waiting, rather impatiently, for the temperature to drop below the boiling lava stage.
That was when I got my, to date, greatest idea.
My button could generate a breeze. I had felt it. It would cool the pudding and I could eat it that much faster!
I pushed a stool over to the cupboard and climbed up.
Carefully, I manoeuvred my button over the pudding and pulled the strings.
It worked!
For a moment.
Until I relaxed my hands on the ‘rewind’ or maybe the ‘unwind’ stroke.
Then, it dipped and skimmed the top of the scalding hot pudding straight into my face.
And my hair.
And the ceiling.
The covering properties of a button on a string have never been fully explored. I think they should be.
I believe Mom was cleaning up pudding from the most impossible places for months.
Long after I had healed.
P.S. I still like pudding. I just prefer it on the inside.

8 comments:

  1. LOL Diane! Brave of you to still eat pudding. Was it chocolate, by any chance??

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  2. Halfway through that story I could see where this was going and I was cringing. You sure did keep your poor mama busy!

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  3. Ouch, Diane. I'm glad you weren't seriously hurt!!

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  4. You were storing up adventures for your future blog, right? I’m sure your children were just like you?

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  5. Ow ow ow!

    It's good to have solid proof that "busy" kids can and do grow up to be fine upstanding people, Diane!

    And, I am quite familiar with Button On A String Meets Hair ... which is where I thought this was going at first :)

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  6. That had the potential for some serious burns.

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  7. Owww. Lucky you weren't badly burnt. And your poor mother.
    And yes, pudding can spread. My mother was given a new blender. And hadn't seated the lid properly. Raspberries went EVERYWHERE. That dessert was rechristened raspberry splat.

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  8. You really do have a most inventive mind. I don't know anyone else who would connect a spinning button breeze with cooling a pudding.

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