"ignore the story. see the soul. remember to love. you will never regret it" --- Seane Corn

"ignore the story. see the soul. remember to love. you will never regret it" --- Seane Corn
it's a jungle out there

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spin Cycle

Came upon Spin Cycle a few weeks ago

It's kinda neat

It's hosted by the nice lady who is Sprite's Keeper

This week's topic is "old favorites"

This is one of my all time favorite posts from last May titled Gloves


But not too much or you might grow hair on your palms


Ty, by his own admission, was having a
dark and sensitive day.
He was dressed in black, head to toe. A long sleeved black shirt, black sweat pants, his black Converse.
So not like him.
I thought jeez, he's only 8, he's not going goth on me... is he??
So... umm... Ty honey, dark and sensitive... is this just today? or is it gonna be everyday??
Just today... whew!! that's a relief

So he moped for a while... not a happy camper.

At some point during the day, I noticed he was wearing these...
hmmm... where did those come from??

Hey Ty, where did you get those gloves?
Aren't they cool, Mommy?...I always wanted gloves like these. We found them in the park.

OK. the park. The park is the school playground which borders our backyard. I can look out our kitchen window, across the length of our backyard, and literally see into the school's cafeteria. Which is great. It's great that my kids can walk out our front door, make 3 left turns, and be at the school's entrance without crossing any streets. It's great that I can be cleaning the house, or folding laundry, or gardening, and hear them playing at recess. It's great that all the little kids file past our backyard at the beginning and end of their day, and stop to feed the dog cheese doodles or gawk at the chickens hi Mia's mom, hi Ty's mom.

There's also a lot of extra-curricular activity back there when school's not in session. Folks use it as a short cut, and toss their candy wrappers, soda, or beer cans over the fence as they walk by how rude.
At night, it's a secluded alley where high school kids can hang out, have sex, and do whatever kids are doing these days
i'm so old.

Last spring, one of the lunch ladies came by ...
umm... TyandMia'smom??... umm there's a condom... a red one... hanging from a tree by your fence... the kids can see it from the cafeteria... they're calling it a rubber tree...
RUBBER tree...it renewed my faith in the public school system that the elementary school children in our semi-urban town have learned enough about ecosystems to know that RUBBERS GROW ON TREES

So this is where Ty found the gloves that he's wearing on his hands... YUCK!!!

Later that evening...
OK guys... time to brush your teeth...

Mommy, what?? What's the problem?? It's protecting our toothbrushes from germs. Do you know how many millions of thousands of germs get from the toilet onto toothbrushes?? We learned it in school.

ecosystems and microbiology...
so glad the school budget passed


  1. I first had no idea what those were, until I clicked and made the picture bigger-I thought to myselff,"wow, where did he find all those black condoms?" but then I saw what they were and it was even funnier.

    Perhaps I need my eyes checked.

  2. While I'm completely grossed out by the toothbrush rubbers, I'm also tickled that he was trying to protect the family from germs.

    I was an embarrassing age before I heard about the rubber tree....and never really quite convinced it existed until I Googled it a few years later.

  3. I remember this one. It was right when I was falling in love with you. It's a great one, all right.

  4. ahhhhh! gloves from the back alley. ga-ross.

    Rose loves wearing all black. She was never serious before, but is now at 9 years old a serious little person. Whatev.

  5. I love this. I love emerging personalities and experiments and all the stuff that makes our children little honest-to-Pete individuals.

  6. PLEASE tell me you replaced all the toothbrushes! Great post, Michelle! (Rubbers growing on trees made me have to explain it to my husband.)You're linked and welcome to the Spin Cycle!

  7. Classic. My shoulders are literally shaking...

  8. EWWWW!!! Just EWWWW!!! (But very funny.)

  9. I dig Ty. I used to have those black-wearing days, too. In fact, I still do.

    Love you, rubber tree-owning mama.


  10. Ewww! We live near a park too and the other day I caught Boy careening toward a hypodermic needle. I think I got my first gray hair.

  11. Well, that's a new sort of recycling. Umm, not really recommended but hey it's green, or black or what ever. HTis post made me smile. The things kids come up with.

  12. Never a dull moment at your house, is there? I'm simultaneously grossed out and laughing at the same time! ;)


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