Most moms and dads have been there at some point: you’re on the phone, and your kids won’t stop bugging you. One is tugging at the cord because she wants to talk, the other is yelling at the top of his lungs, “I want to say hi to grandma!” The third is screaming, “Tell them what I got on my test!” And the whining simply continues. But then, all of a sudden….it stops. Suddenly, you’re alone in the room….but it’s not because you left, its because they did. And you can’t hear anything. For some inexplicable reason, you can make out every syllable of what the person on the other end of the line is saying. You’re torn…because even though you love the feel of being able to have an uninterrupted adult conversation, you also know that silence means trouble….you KNOW something’s wrong!
“But,” you tell yourself, “maybe its a problem that can wait these few minutes while I try to have a civilized phone conversation.”
“Better check,” your conscience teases you.
“No…no…a few minutes won’t hurt.”
But, of course, if you waited that long, then its already too late. Within seconds you hear, “MOM!! COME QUICK! The mattress is on fire!”
“I have to go,” you say into the receiver, “the kids are trying to burn the house down.”
That’s exactly how it went down just about a year ago. I opened the door, and there was no fire. But there was a hole in the sheet and the mattress.
“Who was playing with matches???!!!”
“No one. We were playing with your hair dryer. We pointed it at the mattress, and then the mattress caught fire. My cup had some water in it, so i poured it over the flame, and it went out.”
The moral here: don’t use the phone…its a health hazard. And if you do use it, make sure you have visual access to your kids the whole time.
And don’t forget to lock your hair dryer up in a vault….somewhere on the roof of your house. Maybe…just maybe….they won’t be able to get to it there.