Monday, January 2, 2012

Holiday Ding-a-lings - Parenting Plights & Delights


Whew! I don't know about you, but I'm battling holiday fatigue. I do some pretty ditsy things when I'm overtired, like putting eye liner on my lips, pouring coffee into my cereal bowl, and paying the cashier for gas, then driving halfway down the street before remembering I didn't put the fuel in my car.

I know I'm not alone. While the hustle and bustle takes a toll on mothers, many fathers also feel wiped out after all the holiday cheer (especially after celebrating New Year's). I remember one Christmas years ago when my brother-in-law Jim worked long hours as a corporate executive. Each night he came home to a list of chores my sister Cindy needed his help with to get everything ready by the 25th.

One night Jim flipped through the JC Penney catalog and found the special pull-away sweat pants he'd searched the stores for as a gift for his son. He asked Cindy to phone the order in. Cindy told him to do it himself since she was putting the three kids to bed.

"I don't know what to say," Jim told her. "I've never placed a catalog order."

Cindy knew her executive spouse could handle the task. "I'm putting the kids to bed. Call it in."

So, Jim dialed the number, but it was busy. A few moments later, in another room on another phone, Jim hit 'redial.' He didn't realize he'd called the pizza joint they'd ordered dinner from.

A male voice answered and mumbled something Jim didn't understand. "Will this be pick up or delivery?" the man asked.

"Delivery," Jim answered. The man asked for an address, so Jim recited his address, including the state and zip code.

Next, the guy asked, "What would you like to order?"

"R424-0529D," Jim said.

"Excuse me?" the guy asked. Jim repeated the number.

"Sir, just exactly what kind of pizza do you want?"

Jim was so embarrassed, he hung up the phone. He told Cindy what happened and they had a good laugh. Cindy ended up placing the catalog order, then called me to tell me about it, knowing I'd get a big kick out of someone else acting as dingy as I do. A good belly laugh sure helps relieve holiday stress!

Jim, Cindy, and kids

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are off to a happy and healthy start for 2012.

So, do you have a parenting or grandparenting incident? 
If you're not a parent, memories from your own childhood count, too! 

Warning: I might feature your story in a future post. 
(Names can be changed to protect the guilty!)

I'd like to thank those who shared a parenting story with me last week. 
I'm saving them and will publish some in future posts.

If you don't want to leave a comment but would rather contact me by email, 
here's my address: lynkelwoohoo at yahoo dot com.

20 comments:

Wendy Ewurum said...

I have one that I have never shared coz's so disgusting......and embarrasing. Twelf years ago my son was crawling and had learn't to get his daiper off. So this time he got it off while it had poop, unbeknown to me. And it had no smell. I put my plate down on the coffetable to get something and he took his poop covered hands and touched my food. to this day I don't know how much of that I ate mixed in with the gravy on my plate. Must have been at least two spoons before I noticed his hand were rather too brown and goowy.

Excuse me I feel sick.....

Coleen Patrick said...

Jim's story sounds like something I would do! I am forever feeling like my brain is two steps behind :)
Thanks for the laugh Lynn!

Old Kitty said...

Thank heavens for online ordering these days!!

LOL! Great story, thanks for sharing! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that is funny! Bet the pizza guy had a good laugh when he told the story.

Munir said...

Hi, Happy New Year.
This blog entry reminded me of the fact that every sku in our company has to end with "01". If it ends in "02", it meant that the clothing/ accessary article was routed wrongly. It was meant to go to Canada. So, one day some one ordered ten pizzas for the adjusnt building ie building #2, we did not accept it except the security guard said that it is to go to Canada. The pizza delivery man who was confused wanted to see the manager and h had to appoligize saying that we deal with so many numbers that every thing to us sounds like a sku number.

Jessica Salyer said...

Too funny. I put the cereal box in the fridge yesterday. :) Happy New Year!

Heather Kelly said...

I am forgetting everything these days! The kids ask me where something is, and I say, I don't know, I have holiday brain!!

L.G.Smith said...

I'm slowly recovering from the holidays. I kept things kind of low-key this year, but it's still exhausting. And ditsy is my normal modus operandi. :)

Happy New Year!!

Nancy Thompson said...

After nearly 18 years, I have too many to cull through, but those amazing years have filled my life with joy and accomplishment. My kid is about to fly the nest. Not sure what I'll do then. Guess writing will have to fill the void.

Happy New Year, Lynn!

cleemckenzie said...

A good laugh clears the head. Thanks for that, Lynn. I'm so "out of it" I put dirty laundry in the dryer and the pile of wet stuff back into the washer. This morning I slept in. Now it's easier to put on matching shoes. Yep, walked out of the house Christmas morning with two different ones on. Thank goodness I do look down to see where I'm going . . . once in a while. Happy New Year.

jerzey72 said...

Always a good story here! thanks

Paige Kellerman said...

LOL...love that story! That sounds like something that would happen to us! The baby did cover himself in poop, on Christmas morning..so there's that... Happy New Year, Lyn!!

Al Penwasser said...

My father put shag carpet. On the toilet.
Of course, I sprayed the inside of the oven with Easy-Off. Then, activated the Auto Clean function.
Like father. Like son.

Eye-liner on your mouth? Sheesh! Everyone KNOWS it goes on your nose!

Stephen Tremp said...

That's a great looking banner at the top of your blog! Great way to start off the new year. Have a great 2012 Lynn!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

This is a hilarious story! I don't blame Jim for hanging up - I would, most likely, do the same :-)

nutschell said...

LOL! How funny, Lynn! I should try calling up for pizza and doing exactly that. I bet it kept the pizza guys puzzled the whole day. :)
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

inluvwithwords said...

Great story, Lynn. And I'll bet the guy at the pizza place felt like he was on candid camera.

susielindau.com said...

Such a funny story! Happy New Year!

fabiobuenoauthor said...

I love this series. You unearth very funny stories, Lynn!
Happy 2012!

debrakristi said...

Ha ha! I’m such a frazzled mess in the head, I’m putting things in the fridge that belong in the pantry and