Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mom's Mind-blowing Modern Technologies

(post copyright 2015, Dawn Weber)

It's hard, I know, to be a kid nowadays. Hours and hours spent Twittering, Instagramming, and playing video games can really take a toll on our youngsters' lives, to the extent that they are "too tired" to perform even the most menial of tasks.

Case in point:


I know, right? It's exhausting, growing up.

Unfortunately, a "tired" child doesn't do much "work." This leaves more -- much more -- for his mother to do, which in turn makes her "upset" and keeps her from the important things in life, such as "drinking wine" and "watching HGTV."

It's simple, really. Messes + chores = angry mom. Wine + HGTV = happy mom.

Thankfully, there are several magical inventions that can help kids overcome the huge hurtles so very taxing to them. And as a parent, it's my job to educate the children on these incredible wonders of the world. Read on, young ones, for your guide to . . .

 Mom's Mind-blowing Modern Technologies!




You may remember this container from such rooms as your bedroom. Often, you've been curious about the strange vessel. What could it possibly be?

This is an amazing invention called a hamper. It can get your soiled clothing off the floor and out of the way, thereby keeping your bedroom neat, fresh, and obstacle-free.To use, simply A) Remove dirty clothing from body, and B) Toss it in hamper.

"But," you ask, "where will my clothes go?" Never fear, my child, for the glory of the hamper is such that once it's full, Mom will take it away, and your wardrobe will magically re-appear, clean and fresh, in a couple of days. How she appreciates the fact that your filthy clothes are conveniently located in one place, so she can have the great honor of washing your laundry. All 33 pounds of it.
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Clearly you enjoy making aged cheese from your leftover chocolate milk. And Mom understands. It's nice to have hobbies.

One wonders, though, about the dozen other abandoned glasses of lukewarm liquids scattered about the house. What will you do when your beverages are room temperature and all the cups dirty and half empty -- or full, as the case may be? The waters, the Mountain Dews, the blue Gatorades on every available surface of the living room, bathroom, bedroom and family room, each of them left lost. Weeping.

Alone.

Fear not, my child. The remarkable device pictured above can keep your drinks cold. Never again will you lack refreshments or cups, for the appliance called refrigerator has the sole purpose of chilling and preserving food and drink items so that they can be enjoyed again and again. Sure, production of chocolate milk cheese will be reduced or eliminated by relocating half-full glasses to the "fridge," as those in the know call it. But you'll be able to enjoy your beverages over and over, simply by placing them in this super cool box.
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There seems to be some confusion, Mom's noticed, on responsibilities in this household. For instance, when one is finished with dinner, one seems to think that leaving one's dirty dishes on the table is adequate. This is not so!


In the year 2015, we have a machine to wash our dishes, and it's called -- stay with me here -- a dishwasher. To utilize such a marvel, all you have to do is open the door, and place your soiled plates and utensils inside. That's it! Mom will take it from here by putting a cleaning tab in its container and pushing "on," a task too complicated for anyone else. 

Apparently.
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"Where are my shoes?"

It's a question that's plagued children for centuries. In our house, the answer is easy: right by the front door. Heaps of shoes. Piles of shoes.
All the shoes.

I have good news, young ones. No more will you suffer the search when you leave them in this marvelous little room, designed especially to hold clothing and footwear! A closet, we call it, and why, it couldn't be more useful. You'll find your tennis shoes -- sure you will -- right in there by your football cleats. And your baseball spikes. Behind your winter coats. Under your sleeping bag. And your old toys.

Bah. Never mind. Wear the shoes by the door.
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Perhaps the simplest of our Mind-blowing Modern Technologies, the toilet paper holder is an absolute study in efficiency with its rod-and- plate design. You can sit. You can go. You can wipe.


Except when you can't.

Why? Because the holder is suddenly empty. This can be very distressing, because now you can't sit, you can't go, you can't wipe.

What will you do?

It's easy. Help the toilet paper holder fulfill its God-given purpose. Just open the cabinet door, grab a new roll of TP and slide it onto the rod. Fill it. Spin it.

Wipe it.
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And with that, we've come to the bottom of your guide to Mom's Mind-Blowing Modern Technologies. Keep this manual close by for whenever you're pondering what to do in the face of such conundrums as lack of shoes, cups, clothing and toilet paper. If you lose this guide, don't fret, as the whole thing can be summed up with four words:

Clean up your crap.

You know, choosing to do things for yourself pleases Mom. By the small act of cleaning up your crap,  you can make her happy, and, as the saying goes, when she's happy, everybody's happy. Life is all glitter and rainbows and unicorns. Like a Disney movie. With wine.

And HGTV.

16 comments:

  1. This was funny! I guess I must be an anomaly. My parents never had to tell me to clean up my room or make my bed. I did have to be reminded to bring my stuff to the kitchen though, and I wasn't allowed food in my bedroom so that wasn't an issue. I would probably not be a good parent b/c there's no way I'd let my kids get away with being messy and lazy!

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    1. I have to say I was not the neatest kid in the world. Then again, no one ever taught me to be. Neatness becomes very important when you're a mom, though. Otherwise things devolve into chaos VERY quickly.

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  2. TECHNOLOGY OVERLOAD!!!! Hahahahahahaha, great post.

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    1. I know Debra - so many MAGICAL INVENTIONS!!

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  3. What a photo!!! Make it your profile photo on facebook, twitter, your screensaver, your tv screensaver, whenever he doesn't pick up his crap. I am not sure how you dare post such a thing when the kids have incredibly important tweets to retweet, far more important than the menial task of putting their socks in a hamper. That's work for slaves.

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    1. :) Crucial tweets to tweet, no doubt.

      In fairness to my son, the Hobo, this is hyperbole. He is not guilty of all these crimes - at least not anymore - and his sister is quite guilty, too. She is a hamper slacker, whereas the tp and chocolate milk cheese/empty cups are all him. This post is also based on things I've seen other kids do at other homes.
      The Hobo was kind enough to let me take this one of him in his natural habitat. I have to give him props for that.

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  4. At age 65 I've got the hamper thing down. The problem is there isn't anyone to perform the removal/washing/return function.

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    1. You want me to come over? I am quite well-versed. What's another 33 lbs of laundry?

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  5. It is a belief in fairies which is the operational default in this house. And I am tired of standing in for the toilet paper fairy in particular.
    And for the 'emptying' the dishwasher caper.
    Great post, and sadly true.

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    1. I wish there was a fairy, and that it wasn't me.

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  6. In this house there have even been times when someone would start a new roll of TP before the one on the dispenser was finished, and then leave the new-ish one on the back of the tank, just so he/she would not have to actually replace the old one. It's not that difficult, people. Really. Keep mama happy!

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    1. Wow. I mean, just wow. Now THAT is lazy. You win, Jenny-o!

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  7. I'm not real good on the hamper, which is only a few feet from "the pile",but when I do get in there it's because I am out of something and need to do the laundry. After 6 decades plus, I am starting to get the hang of some of the things you mention. Not all of them, though.

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    1. Must be a guy thing, Jono. My husband is also a fan of "The Pile." Perhaps I should also show him my handy guide. Hmm...

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