Sunday, April 15, 2007

Weekend Shower: The Game Show

Contestant: Mom

Object: Initiate, execute and complete a shower without interruption and with a modicum of privacy

Obstacles: Ramona, Betsy, Anne-with-an-e, occasionally Mr. Putter, the cat and (twice a year) a shower that backs up

Let's take a look at how our latest contestant did this weekend!

Well ... she came sooo close, but just couldn't pull it off in the end.

Mom just didn't give enough consideration to the Ramona factor, which is what really tripped her up this time.

First entry into the bathroom came with the gum request, followed closely by the announcement that the dollhouse had fallen over. Soon after came the second gum request (due to the swallowing of the first piece of gum) and then came the fourth entry into the bathroom with the final request to go and play outside with Betsy (who didn't factor into this round at all!)

Mom persevered, though, thinking she may get away with only the Ramona interruptions -- in which case she'd gain a few points before the end of the round -- but when Anne-with-an-e entered the bathroom asking for a computer turn, Mom knew the kids had this round locked up.

Awwww, we're so sorry, Mom! Maybe next time! But, we do have some lovely parting gifts for you today. You did remember to wash all of the shampoo out of your hair, and you get extra points for shaving your legs. Best of all, your shower did not back up and flood the bathroom, causing an unmentionable mop-up situation. These lovely consolation prizes are yours to keep.

We look forward to seeing you compete again on "Weekend Shower" and, hey, Mom -- don't forget -- those kids are going to grow up eventually and then this game will never be the same.

Once they're gone, you may shower in peace, but we're betting it won't be long before you join us for our newest show, "Empty Nest -- Watch Mom Cry!"

Tune in next time, and keep those obstacles coming!


Alice said...

This is hilarious, Karen!!! And all so very, very true!!!


Jennifer said...

So funny! "Watch Mom cry." You certainly put it all in perspective.

Cheryl said...

I loved it! This is really funny.

Mama Squirrel said...

Well, if you didn't win the shower game, at least you won the Cyberbuddy award! Congratulations!

Amy said...

LOL! With three girls, you'll be waiting in line behind them for the shower before too long! ;-)

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh Karen, thanks for the laugh.

Danae said...

I consider being able to shave my legs a HUGE achievement, and therefore worth a LOT of points!

Janette said...

Karen, I am rolling on the floor! :)

Karen E. said...

Thanks, guys! And thanks, Mama Squirrel, and congratulations to you, too, on your nominations!

And, Danae, with two little ones under two years old, you not only get a LOT of points for shaved legs, you qualify for the trip to Hawaii!

Atticus said...

If I'm not at work, I'll give it my best!

Diane said...

So funny, Karen! And yes, I can relate. It doesn't seem to get better with time. My 14yo interrupts me as much as (if not more than) my 3 and 4yos.

But someday, as you say, I won't get to play this game anymore. How boring. I may just have to take my showers when the grandkids are visiting. :)