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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Claustrophobedience

Mom and I were visiting at my Auntie's house.
An innocent enough activity.
And from it, I got claustrophobia.
Maybe I should explain . . .
Mom and Auntie were in the kitchen chatting over cups of tea and home baked goodies.
My cousin and I had already done the rounds of the dessert tray.
Several times.
And had retired upstairs to more important matters.
Play.
One of the bedrooms upstairs had no furniture in it.
Or at least, I can't remember any.
But it did hold a large carpet.
Rolled into a neat bundle.
It looked like a hot dog.
Let's face it. In my world, everything resembled food.
Moving on . . .
Suddenly, I got a marvellous idea.
“Let's play 'Hot Dog'!” I told my cousin.
“Okay,” she said enthusiastically, as though she knew exactly what I was talking about.
Which she didn't.
I unrolled the carpet and lay down at the edge.
“Okay. Now roll me up,” I commanded.
She did.
Cool!
Fun!
Neat!
Wait . . . I can't breathe!!!
I began to scream.
Okay, I could probably still breathe.
The ability to scream would indicate this.
My cousin, understandably concerned, stared at me.
Or at the rug that contained me.
I struggled mightily (I should probably point out that it didn't occur to me to simply - unroll) and finally, managed to extricate myself.
I headed for the nearest safe place.
My Mom.
I burst into the kitchen, every white-blonde hair standing on end and eyes like saucers.
“Mom! I nearly died!!!”
Okay, so melodrama and me were close, personal friends.
Mom set down her teacup and looked at me. “What?”
“I nearly died! I couldn't breathe!”
Mom frowned. “What are you talking about?”
“We were playing 'Hot Dog',” I told her.
She stared at me. “Hot Dog?”
“Yeah with the carpet. And I was the hot dog. And I rolled up . . .”
Suddenly, Mom understood. “Oh.” She gave me a stern look. “Diane, don't do that again!”
I admit that I often disobeyed my Mom.
Often quite deliberately.
But this time, I listened.
I like to think it was because I discovered the joy of obedience.
But, actually, I think it's because I discovered claustrophobia.
Obedience would have been more fun.

Husby and I are touring Beautiful British Columbia with our two eldest granddaughters.
We're having a marvelous time.
But WiFi is spotty.
Visiting you when I can.
Pictures to follow!

8 comments:

  1. Love it! Entertaining as ever - thank you :)

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  2. Good thing for us that you were so disobedient. No doubt made you a better Mom when your time came.

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  3. Ack! Glad you managed to extricate yourself before they added ketchup. 🙂

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  4. Oh. My. No wonder you obeyed your mom on that. I'm having trouble breathing just reading about that episode!

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  5. Diane, Have a great time on vacation! And OMG, I can so relate to claustrophobia. I would've lost it in that rug. Shiver. So glad you got out quickly.

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  6. I hope your trip is wonderful.
    My obedience was spottier than your wi-fi access, and would most definitely have followed that experience.

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  7. A picture of you rolled up in a rug and looking like a hot dog. I'd pay to see that lol.

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  8. My childhood of reading books wherever I happened to be sounds so much tamer and safer, but you probably had more fun. Except for the scary bits.

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