Friday, July 06, 2007

Thing I Never Thought I'd Need To Tell My Child Not To Do #46,908

Pictures for you

As I happened by the bathroom, today, in the throes of our weekly cleaning frenzy, I noticed that the toilet lid seemed to have grown a tumor.

Halting in my tracks, load of laundry on my hip, leaning back to have another look, I noticed that my son was laughing and showing me what could be done with his sister's toothbrush!

As I stood there, gaping, trying my level best to make sense of what I was seeing, he did the only thing an 8 year-old boy could do: He closed the toilet lid.

"Look Mom! See! Sara's toothbrush even sticks to the toilet lid!"

I grabbed the errant brush and whinged it into the trash.

Completely aghast and nonplussed, I asked my son, "Can you tell me why that's inappropriate?"

"Um....," grin fading from his face, "Because I was wasting time screwing off, instead of cleaning the bathroom?" he ventured.



Blogger Stepping Over the Junk said...

my girls got toothbrushes like this from the dentist recently and they did the SAME exact thing! The good ol' toilet SEAT (as opposed to the lid)

9:32 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Stepping- You make me feel slightly better. See, I thought this was a great invention. The suction cup would stick to the sink counter and the toothbrush would not end up lying in grime (as they rarely seemed to make it into the toothbrush holder). I just need to think like a kid more. "How could I take this item and make it disgusting?"

9:45 PM  
Blogger Cagey said...

The answer is priceless.

(she says smugly in her certain knowledge that HER son will never do that to HIS sister's toothbrush.... :-)

10:52 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

Thank god they didn't have those when I was a kid.

I must say your little fellas answer WAS classic.


Am quite sure that, whereever ex-psycho-roomie is now, if she has seen these, she is clapping her hands together and grinning in a most-evil manner.


8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! I can't quit laughing! And I can so see C's face as he waits for your response. You must hand it to him, at least he is thinking - maybe not quite like the adults in us would wish - but thinking none-the-less. And just think, it's only just beginning. Wait till S. starts trying to out do him! Have fun, and keep us informed. Grandma's love this stuff.

Hugs to all,

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you made it to a secure spot before you broke into a round of guffaws. I remember when you and your sister decided that the dinner table was the perfect place/time to discuss restroom literature--graffiti. I am so indebted to your mother for leaping to my rescue and explaining certain monosyllabic inscroptions of an amorous nature.

I am sure there are more incidence to come. Best of luck, Mum.

The Ole RF-er

2:41 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Too funny! Except now I'm wondering about all the strange things that my brother probably did to my toothbrush.....Ewww!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Coffee-Drinking Woman said...

oh no.
no. no. no.

We have disturbingly similar toothbrushes here (by which I mean we have them in three different colors)

I am most devoutly hoping this is NOT one of those times when our lives exhibit a strange convergence...

11:42 PM  
Blogger Voyager said...

Priceless! I have never seen these suction cup toothbrushes. I want one.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Cagey- You just keep telling yourself that. Oh, yes. Just keep repeating, "Not my son. Not my son."

Babs- Maybe you could send her a pair for Christmas? (Ew)

Cathy- Oh, yes. It was so obvious: "What answer does mom want from me? Oh, yes! Screwing off! That's it."

Dad- I was just so flabbergasted that I didn't even guffaw.

Karen- Maybe it's best that you not know. Do NOT ask him.

Teri- The previous one (orange, I believe) was tossed as was found using it to scrub out the sink. What is it with my kids?

Voyager- You should get one, just be careful where you leave it...

8:20 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Oh, Diana! Not to worry! Your cat has probably already been chewing on them as they sit properly upright in the toothpaste holder anyway!!!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Terrific slice-of-life post, Diana!

Two things made me stumble as I read, though:

you clean EVERY WEEK? Wow.

why can't you keep a toothbrush that's been in the toilet? You're hardcore, woman.

1:10 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

So gross. When Belle asks me why she doesn't have a brother or sister I shall tell her this story and remind her that it is better this way. (ok-maybe not really better but she doesn't need to know that)

8:07 AM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

I am reminded of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry couldn't kiss his girlfriend after he knocked her toothbrush into the toilet. This is funnier.

and I think I want one of those toothbrushes.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Ruth- I am hoping the cat's mouth is cleaner, although with the bugs she eats...

Jocelyn- Yup. Each and every week, whether it needs it or not. (To clarify, though, the dog sheds like nothing I've ever seen, the kitchen floor is usually coated with kid and dog mess after a couple of days and the bathrooms, well, perhaps I should just let the dog drink out of the toilet in hopes that she'll clean it a bit.) My house is far, far from clean, even after we've just cleaned.

Lauren- Belle doesn't know how lucky she is. Her toothbrush is inviolate.

Dana- You SO need one of these toothbrushes. If only they were sparkly to boot.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Mojavi said...

lol i needed that laugh!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Christie said...

That is hysterical! I'd also like to know how you managed to keep a straight face long enough to lecture the wee one...I'm impressed.

And oh so grateful those weren't around when my brother and I were young....

10:26 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Mojavi- As always, a pleasure to serve.

Christie- Oh, yes. The tortures your brother would have come up with.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Tashi said...

Hi there, just drop by your great blog and took notice on this post. I remember that I had been quite a playful one when I was 8. Keep up your good job as a blogger. Cheers!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

that's funny

12:25 PM  

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