Sunday, 5 June 2011

Taking The Rough With The Smooth (an old story and a new)

When we first moved to this area, The Boy was 3 and The Girl (as she still was then) was 1. One of the first things I did was to enquire about local toddler groups, so I - and they - could start making friends.

The day we first went to the toddler group, I was excited but also just a little nervous. I was keen to make a good impression on these new people, naturally. All was going well until The Girl headed for the play house area, picked up a toy iron, and shouted across the hall "Mummy, what's dis?"


Fast forward nearly 7 1/2 years, to Thursday of last week. That was the day I had a happy time stitching - and sometimes when you sew something the fabric does need to be a little bit smoother, hence the scene above. When the iron had cooled I put it back in the cupboard, but I hadn't quite gotten around to putting away the board just yet (tidiness is not one of my strongest points either!)

The Boy, who had been quietly reading upstairs during my creative burst, came downstairs just at this point. And said, "Mum, why is there a surfboard in the living room?"

I'll let you draw your own conclusions from these tales.....

This post was brought to you as part of Sian's Storytelling Sundays

37 comments:

Rachel B said...

Brilliant! My two look at me as if I am doing something weird on the rare occassion that our 'I' word comes out! :)

Miss Smith said...

That's brilliant! (Although for insane reasons I misread the first part as lion and so the story was definitely better the second time around :D)

debs14 said...

Ah, a woman after my own heart! Love these stories.

Amy said...

We learnt to iron around the age of The Boy .... mine are used to seeing it out, I wonder what it will be like by the time they reach TB's age? I bet they run a mile!

scrappyjacky said...

Though not a lover of ironing....I do do it fairly regularly.....none of my kids iron...even though once they get to age 16 I won't do it for them anymore....so sometimes some serious negotiation/bribery takes place.....I'm happy to be bribed.

Rhona said...

I love it!! I get the feeling you genuinely mean you don't like housework which makes you a woman after my own heart! Unfortunately ironing is something I am going to have to do today before DH goes back to work tomorrow and Emily goes back to school! :( xx

Heather said...

a girl after my own heart!! Though I used to do sessions of ironing whilst watching a film. Before scrap/craft took over my life lol xx

furrypig said...

love the story! My DD did the same one day when she saw the vacum out!! To be fair we have wooden floors everywhere so I tend to sweep rather than vacum (that's my excuse anyway!) Did u ever work out why you were unable to post on certain blogs? I am still having problems xxx

Ruth said...

Terrific ~ I laughed out loud!!

JO SOWERBY said...

that reminds of a party i had and my friends actually used the ironing board as a surf board.............the most action its ever had i think ;-))
jo xxx

ps.........dr whoooooooooooo!

Cheri said...

The iron rarely comes out here either and when it does, it is almost never for clothing! I buy only wash & wear. i take DH's dress shirts out of the dryer right away and hang them so they don't have to be ironed. And if they are a little wrinkly, he just wears them that way!

My take-away from the story is that you are a woman who knows there are many things more important in life than wrinkle-free clothing!

The Creative Beast said...

LOL!!! those are wonderful stories Mel =-)

I guess the male of the species DOES look at the world a bit differently than the female of the species ;)

Jimjams said...

Brilliantly told - life's too short for housework you don't enjoy - I actually like ironing - but don't treat myself that often :P just high days and holidays!

humel said...

Furrypig - the short answer is no. unfortunately :( If a blog has an embedded comment form and doesn't have an option for Name/URL then I don't seem able to leave a comment :( The Blogger update sites don't seem to mention a solution either, though they do seem aware of the issue - fingers crossed they work something out! Meanwhile, if any of you has an embedded comment form you may want to consider changing it to a different version or allowing Name/URL comments as there are probably several people who would love to be commenting but can't! xx

Kirsty.a said...

Great story. Someone bought M a toy ironing board for her 3rd birthday and I held my brath, expecting a 'Mum, what's this?' but fortunately she'd seen one before. I can only conclude at Nanny's house or on TV!
PS Go on. Start My Freedom with me. It's not so much fun with an archived class and no forum buddies(although it was good to see Sian's stuff on the forum)

Sian said...

Lol! That reminds me of the time that TSO watched me cleaning out the fridge - and then asked if we were having visitors!! Out of the mouths of babes.

Thanks Mel, that's a great little gem of a story.

Miriam said...

I gave up ironing on a regular basis years ago, now everyone irons or doesn't their own stuff! It is very surprising to me how much doesn't get ironed before wearing now! My boys chant was, when ever I do a pudding 'are we having visitors?"

Miriam said...

ps sorry, forgot to say how much your story made me laugh.x

Becky said...

This really made me laugh!

Jane said...

this did make me smile, you sound like my sisters, not me of course!!
We do seem to have the same comments problem, it's very annoying isn't it.

Lynn said...

A great story - especially linking the past and present.

Mary B said...

Well with modern day fabrics who needs an iron and board. Thanks for the laugh Mel

Alison said...

Brilliant story.....I can just imagine the other mums' faces at playgroup!
Alison xx

Ladkyis said...

Oh how wonderful! those moments when the kids say something so good you can't ever imagine forgetting it and yet....

dogmatix said...

what a brilliant story...:)

Ginger said...

Funny story Mel!! Hubby bought a new iron last Fall and can you believe I used it for the first time this past week! LOL! I'm sure you can see why he was the one who bought the iron :)

Denise said...

Brilliant story Mel - the surfboard comment had me really giggling :-)

Karen said...

Love this story Mel. I only iron what we want, when we want it. David has said before "Can I take my jumper off?" I have had to say no as I had only ironed the collar and cuffs of his shirt!

jennifer said...

Hee hee, your story made me laugh, and I had to read it out to my hubby too, if only to prove I'm not the only woman who doesn't iron! I hate it, only do it for a very few items that look hideous otherwise, or if hubby has an important meeting! x

Karen said...

LOL--literally!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Love it! That could totally have happened in my house, where the ONLY use for the iron is to press stitching.

Melissa said...

Oh my, that is hilarious Mel. I grew up with my mom sewing & quilting, so I probably knew what an iron & ironing board were before I knew other things. Of course, I rarely use mine! LOL

The Mann Fam said...

Very, very, funny! Thanks. xxx

Gail said...

LOL - love the surfboard comment. As for the iron - I usually wait till I want to wear something and then it's a mad dash to get it ironed or before we go away. Your story reminded me of my cousin - my aunt & uncle had his boss & wife over dinner one night and as my aunt served dessert Diane comes out - "oh we get dessert tonight" The weird thing was - my aunt made dessert everynight. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love it! I'm not sure if you remember or not, but I had a similar story.
rinda

favouriteworkofart said...

Made me laugh!

Alana said...

Do you think your children are trying to tell you something here? Great story, it made me giggle.