Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About

“That” family that faked the Bigfoot pictures…were kind of more like them.

My mom always said she had kids to get the dishes washed.  If we complained about doing dinner dishes she would say, “You shouldn’t be complaining about the dishes.  I had you to do the dishes.  You should be thanking the dishes.  It is because of dishes you exist.”  She wasn’t very funny when I was a kid but every year I am a parent  I think she is funnier and smarter than the year before.

Sometimes I am cantankerous  a little like my mom.  I admit I find where I am in my life a bit ridiculous.  I am thankful and wouldn’t want it any other way but it’s a bit silly.  When someone calls our house wanting to talk to someone else the person answering our home phone usually picks up another phone to call the person that is in our house and tell them they have a phone call, versus having to look for them.  I find it stupid that the house has twelve sinks in it that I am “responsible for” and that our relatives believed my kids when they told them the airplanes buzzing above our house were “neighborhood security”.  I know that when people drive by they think I don’t wash my kids clothes, and that I have someone “do that for me.”  The neighborhood babysitters think that I am my own kids sitter.   Most people probably think that the guy that mows my yard also plants my flowers and tends to them while I drink wine with my girlfriends.  The reality is we are just like everyone else except the house is bigger and we don’t own a lawn mower.  I would never consider us “rich” but that is the word the kids hear at school and what friends tease us about with living where we live.

It was the beginning of fall and we learned a hard lesson the Halloween prior.  If you want a costume in your size you better order in September.  In a home with three boys, Halloween may be more anticipated than Christmas.  We have a family Halloween party every year on our street and our family decided to dress up in “Star Warscostumes.  We all picked who we wanted to be and of course…I was Princess Leia,  Jim was Darth Vader, Avery was C3PO, Mitchell was Chewbacca and Peter was Luke.  Even the dog, Lilly, got into it starring as Yoda!

I admit, I go a little crazy at Halloween.  This is our side porch “Witches Shop.”

The costumes finally came in the mail and it was mad excitement.  We never made it off of the foyer rug.  Boxes and plastic and tissue were strewn about and then we all saw the beautiful Chewbacca costume.  It even came with hand and foot covers and a full fur head piece and a brown shoulder cross-over bag.  I suddenly had Chewbacca envy.  Mitchell immediately put it on and I knew exactly what had to be done.

It was ninety-five degrees and hotter than it should be in the south in the fall.  We had new neighbors building a house across the street.  We call it “The Monster House”.  Not because it is scary or ugly but because it is so big and super close to the street and the neighbors on either side.   It kind of looks like it is going to eat all of our houses.  We are talking peoples satellite dishes stopped working.  The house to the right of it hasn’t seen daylight since the second floor went up and let me just tell you the laundry room has two chandeliers bigger than I am in it.  Our house, that sits directly across from it, looks like their (one) child’s play fort. It is so big that my kids risk their lives daily that a gawker is going to jump the curb while looking at the “Monster House” and run us over across the street because we are invisible.

So to be sure everyone understands, when they were building this house there was a small village of people working at all times.  They were there that day hanging from the roof with rappelling equipment putting copper “flag things” to the top of every point, trying a second set of wood shutters because they didn’t like the first, moving full size landscaping in, and washing and painting…

I knew how to get these guys talking about something other than the “rich folks” that live on this street and questioning why “rich” people have a sitting room in their powder room.  I decided to give them something fun to tell their kids that night…

I sent Mitchell out to get the newspaper at the end of the driveway, in the full Chewbacca costume!  He opened the front door and walked slowly, almost exactly like the REAL Chewbacca.  His arms were hanging and he strolled on across the front brick walk and then down the driveway.  Inside Avery, Peter and I were in the window with tears rolling as the guys across the street stopped hammering and moving and some walked over to the curb to try to figure out what was going on.  Mitchell bent down and picked up the newspaper and then…to confirm he indeed carries my and my mother’s DNA he tucked the newspaper into his cross-body Chewbacca satchel and strolled back down the driveway and sidewalk and across the front porch and in the door.  Princess Leia, C3PO and a Luke all high-fived Chewbacca and we all ended up on our butts laughing.

This is why I had kids.  We are all a little like that family that took the photos of “Bigfoot” and told people he was real and then admitted many, many years later it was all a hoax.

You know at dinner those men went home and told their families about the crazy a$$ “rich” people that dress up as Chewbacca when they are at home on a ninety-five degree day.

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The Chewbacca costume went immedietly back in the box at the front door.  When Mitchell took it off after our prank he was covered in sweat and fur.  It was coming out by the handfulls and in his eyes and mouth.  We ordered a Storm Trooper costume and this is yet another reason to order those Halloween costumes early.  Don’t think for a second the dog was wearing that costume and sitting still for a photo.

I may be on the “No Chaperone” list after this field trip.

This is the ridiculous story of how I may be banned forever from chaperoning any field trip at school again. It is the story of how when faced with someone’s probable MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT OF THEIIR LIFE I am standing with someone else’s son trying to determine whether to tuck her boobies back in or RUN...

This little corner of the Renaissance festival looked like an Ewok village from Star Wars. There were old-fashioned street vendor carts selling things scattered around. Some were open like the one in the above picture and some were closed like an old-fashioned wagon. This one in particular looked like the fortune-teller’s wagon in the Wizard of Oz. It had a little metal side porch for the person inside to get in and out. It had been raining fiercely and it was letting up. There was a woman who sold perfume in the porched wagon and had peeked her head out the window to see if it was safe to come outside. She then decided to step out onto the metal stoop of the wagon and held her hands to the sky, palms up to determine whether to venture out further.

Renaissance festivals are bawdy by nature and the costumes are made for every size and shape. It is a very “one size fits all” costume assortment. This woman was dressed like a peasant in a long brown dress with a large elastic boat neck and elastic waist. This woman was on the larger end, (I have to say it now so you understand later) she was at the largest end of the peasant dress spectrum. While this boy and I were bee lining it to the porta-potties we were also walking directly towards the bottom of the wagon stoop steps as the peasant lady decides to venture off the wagon and takes one step down and the back of her dress catches on the metal stoop.

The back of her dress catches but she continues the downward momentum but her center of gravity shifts and she is now going face down, feet up SPLAT into a mud puddle…but her dress stayed on the top of the porch. Well, most of it did. The neck was around her ankles. and she was face down in soppy, soft mud.

Do none of the people who work these festivals believe in bras? Is this the hidden underworld of the traveling renaissance people? Is the “Renaissance World” not about history but about women who don’t believe in wearing undergarments?!

I am standing there. This woman is laying there with one boobie off to the side and pointing straight at us and the other boobie is pointing down towards her feet and she lifts her head and spits out the mouthful of mud, (with the same shocked expression and manerism as if socked by a pie in the face) and I just realized this boy I am chaperoning is going home and telling his mom and dad that. “Mrs. ______ and I were alone at the field trip and we saw a naked woman.”

I am frozen. The boy is frozen. We are both frozen with eyebrows raised and eyeballs hanging out. Do I reach down and tuck her boobie that is closest to us under her? Or the other boobie that is further away? Do I lift her up and let her boobies hang where they are supposed to be for all to see? Her head is at our feet and she is looking at me.

I then realize this boy is now going home and telling his parents, “Mrs. ______ and I were alone at the field trip and we saw a naked woman and Mrs. _____ touched her boobies. I turn my head and look at this boy just as strangers began throwing their rain coats on the poor woman. Thank God. He and I walked briskly forward to the bathrooms not saying a word.

I failed. I am the girl who if there is a possibility to get a curling iron stuck in your hair it will stick in mine. Like stick “Lucille Ball style” on the top to your scalp and you don’t have to hold it because it is holding onto the roots and is perky like a cartoon curling iron.

Like a cartoon curling iron hidden under a towel turban until you unveil it to the hairdresser for help. Like so embarrassing you have to send flowers to the salon the next day as bribery hoping they forget your name.

Here is a naked peasant woman with boobies trying to run away from each other and I froze. Perhaps when I have to answer for this God will understand. Perhaps there is a “pass” for “curling iron girl” or “exploding egg girl”. For now I will have a moment of silence for “Peasant Woman” and say a thank you for the people who did come to her aid. I bet they never had rotten eggs explode on them and get stripped naked and hosed off in the front yard. I bet they never had to bribe a hair salon.


First half of this story from the day before

Chaperoning boys school field trip and the unthinkable… (allthatmakesyou.wordpress.com)

The exploding egg story

Exploding Eggs and Nakedness…Typical Sunday with Family


Chaperoning boys school field trip and the unthinkable…

Stay with this story until the very end. I don’t even know how it is possible that it is true, but it is. I could not have ever dreamt that a moment this embarrassing wouldn’t happen to me but instead happen in front of me to witness. It was my chance to show the world how to help or assist someone in that instance that they realize that everyone is looking at you, your face is hot and your ears are ringing and it will be a while before you can laugh about it. It takes exactly two seconds for a spectator to laugh I learned, even if on the inside.

It was last fall and I had volunteered to chaperone my twins sixth grade field trip. This was a big day for them as well as me. It was also their twelfth birthday and probably the last time they would actually want me to go on a field trip with them. Their school makes you jump through a ton of hoops to get “permission” to drive yourself, (not drive the kids or ride on the bus with the kids) to a public venue and spend the day with YOUR children. I had to have a background check. Well, the background check, I am assuming, is required if your going to walk around with your children and someone else’s children. Don’t get me started and yes I know that better safe than sorry but by the time I am done “getting permission” to spend the day with my kids I might be homicidal. After what one little boy saw while with me they may revoke my privileges…

It is a windy, cold and rainy fall day in the woods at a…renaissance festival. Let me try to paint a picture…

Like Woodstock Wet

The entire sixth grade gets off the buses and I am assigned my two boys and a handful of other boys to keep track of. This festival is in the most beautiful woodsy setting. The walking paths carve through the trees and there are little clearings with vendors in carts, rides and food. If it weren’t a giant mud-ball it would have been a perfect birthday, day with my boys.

I had been well versed the night before on how to “act cool”. I already decided the day would be filled with, “SURE! I will buy that for you, it is your birthday!” I would bump my boy’s status up a notch so that when I was in the drop off/pick up line at school my boys classmates would walk down the sidewalk and give me the sideways deuce with their fingers and a head nod to say, “wassup.” My boys would stop asking me to, “not talk when the car door opens.”

This is how the day really went.

We were wet and cold and muddy. I was in charge of holding everything that each boy bought. If anything that belonged to any of them became saturated with water I was also in charge of carrying that as well. I was to stand outside of all temporary mens bathrooms and wait while a half-dozen little boys continually peed out the sugar products they consumed non stop but not ever at the same time.

This is how it began…

While walking through one of the little clearing the boys stopped to do this…

We actually picked one up for Peter for Christmas. He had been asking for a “horn blower” for years.

While they were all doing this (swapping spit on animal parts) one of my brood announced he had to relieve himself. I turned and said to all of the other boys, “The bathroom is right over there. You all stay right here and you can watch me walk him over and we will be right back.” This is another one of my “I know God has a sense of humor” because of all the kids that this had to happen to he may be the one it would shock the most. He is the kid who is a little extra awkward for an already awkward age of twelve. He’s the one who shuffles when he walks and likes to fake seizures to get out of gym class I’m told. My boys have known him for years and he’s a sweet boy who will grow into who he is supposed to be…if this day with me didn’t ruin him forever.

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