Thursday, April 26, 2012

the washing machine incident


this is just a little slice of life, from my childhood—no heavy posts, today—just getting through the alphabet and thought you might enjoy this little story


one time while my mother had to go to the store, she left my older sister and myself at home—i was to be picked up by a friend's mother and taken to volunteer at a local hospital, where my friend and i were “candy stripers”---i think we were around 12 or so---

well my sister, who was very wise, was washing a load of clothes for my mother---so she didn't have as much to do when she got home with all of the groceries---my sister was like, that—always pitching in, always cleaning something—i was not-----

well, i am on the front steps, in my darling candy striper uniform, waiting for my friend and her mom, when i hear my dear sister screaming for me---i knew this wasn't going to be good---

“lynn, get yourself in here, right now, the washing machine is having a problem”----i sauntered up the stairs and into the house-----it wasn't a problem, it was a flood----water was coming out of the utility room, into the kitchen and almost, almost, oh no---not my mother's precious wood floors, she had just waxed------my sister was thrashing and beating the water with towels--

i being fully clothed for my volunteering, was not about to get involved in this fiasco-----

i start to whine and proclaim, that i didn't know what to do----that was the wrong thing to say, evidently----she threatened me unmercifully---but that did not persuade me to help---

did she really think i was going to ruin my cute out-fit----she knew better---but i underestimated her rage-

she threw down her mop and towels, picked me up by my white shirt collar and dragged me through the waters, now up to our ankles and tossed me out onto the back steps---

when my friend's mom came to pick me up a few seconds later—i had to wring my hair out and right-en myself enough to go to her car window and let her know, i would certainly not be going to volunteer today----funny i don't think she asked what was wrong—but she probably saw my foot tapping mean old sister up on the porch, waiting for me------don't worry, i get her back--

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  1. HaHa very funny story!! My mother had the same sort of experiance, only it involved a dishwash and the wrong type of soap. Both equally funny!

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    1. haha you remind me my son did the dishwasher thing once--i still feel bad for yelling at him so much--thanks:)

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  2. Oh my. Kind of reminds me of the day I opened a two liter bottle of pop only to have soda explode all over my kitchen ceiling. The kids giggled merrily while I cleaned up the sticky mess.

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    1. hate when that happens!-thanks tamara :0

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  3. Whatever can go wrong does. I think it's a good idea to show the kids where the shut-off valves are just in case. :)

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    1. haha that might have helped--thank tonja:)

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  4. Good story, Lynn--funny which ones we recall from our childhood!

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    1. i bet my sister recalls it too--thanks dot :)

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  5. Funny story - reminds me of when the hose on my washing machine split (in the days before they were plumbed in) and sent water spraying up to the ceiling and then down to the floor, of course. I ended up soaked from head to foot!

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    1. haha that is awful and funny--thanks paula :)

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  6. Haha. That's great. I feel like most people have an "overflowing" story, whether it's the washing machine, the dishwasher, even cooking!

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  7. That is hilarious! My three sisters and I had a few "washing machine" incidents as well! Great memories!

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    1. it was three of us also--my oldest older sister was an old married lady, when this happened--thanks judy :)

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  8. Mean sister! Lol Funny story, though. I just put my son in the washing machine for pictures when he was a toddler. He was so cute.

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    1. haha she was---now we are okay--sounds cute--you should post them--thanks miranda :)

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  9. Oh, I want to read the next episode of how you got her back! LOL.

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    1. maybe after the z thingy i will think about doing just that--and there were many times, i got her back haha--thanks mina :)

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  10. I loved this story--and laughed out loud! Thanks for making my morning. :)

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    1. haha i am glad you got a chuckle out of it--thanks dana :)

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  11. Fun story. I can picture the whole thing.

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    1. haha i am glad you can, me too--thanks joy!

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  12. Great story Lynn! I sure needed the laugh. Funny what we remember isn't it?

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    1. glad i could make you laugh haha thanks!

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  13. Ooh, she literally mopped the floor with you. I miss my siblings terribly now, where's my phone.

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    1. haha yeah i sent this one a message today--thanks rch :)

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  14. Oh my what a funny story it made me think of my own little squabbles with mine. Thanks for sharing and for the laugh

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  15. Ha! Big sisters can be such a pain!

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  16. Stopping in via the A-Z blogging challenge. I enjoyed my stop at your blog and I'm looking forward to reading many more of your posts. I'd like to invite you to be my friend ☺ and follow each other. Keep growing and glowing for God! God bless you. ✽KC

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    1. awww that is so sweet of you--i am stopping by right after i write this comment---bless you also :)

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  17. These sorts of incidents probably kept your mom on her toes!

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  18. That could easily have been a story from the pages of my mother childhood with her sister! I love it!

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  19. Ah, washing machines. The stuff memories are made of.

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  20. I hope your next post is the sequel... I want to know how you got your revenge!

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    1. sorry it didn't work in with the x thing--maybe on a later post--thanks cynthia ;)

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  21. haha,,this totally reminds me of me and my siblings -and we were 5 children. These are memories one remembers later on in life and roll on the floor laughing with the same sibling you fought with.

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    1. i know--if my sister reads this today, i am sure she will get a good laugh-thanks cecilia :)

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  22. What a cute story, though I'm sure at the time there was nothing cute about it. I wonder if they still have candy strippers in hospitals?

    betty

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    1. they do, but i don't think they call them that or have the same cute out-fits!

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  23. LOL Funny story. Though I am sure it didn't seem so at the time.

    Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury

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  24. You've brought back a flood of memories, Lynn. My sister would hate me if I posted some of our "exchanges" as kids. My mother would rather forget all of that, too.

    Great story.

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    1. haha--i know as a mom--i still cringe when my kids bring up some old stories--haha thanks:)

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  25. Very funny, Lynn, Sooo, how'd you get her back?

    T

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    1. oh there was several ways and times--they may be future blog stories ;)

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  26. Yikes! I bet that was a big mess to clean up!! :)

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    1. yeah i don't think i really ever helped clean it up!

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  27. Funny story! My older brother also loved to boss me around! Can't wait to find out how you got back at her! Julie

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    1. haha a couple of the times, i won't write about, cause they make me sound kinda bad--but i might write of some, later--thanks ;)

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  28. Lynn, Your stories are so entertaining. Are you going to share sometime how you got back at her?

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  29. Can't wait to hear how you got her back! That was pretty major!

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  30. I can't wait to hear the revenge story too! :)

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