Mama Diaries

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why You Should Listen to the Mama

Has your mom ever told you not to play ball in the house? If she has, I hope you've listened to her. She knows what she's talking about.

Here's what happened at my house, because somebody didn't listen to the Mama:

Our house is currently under renovation. You really wouldn't want to be here. The kitchen is gutted, and all but one of the bathrooms has been demolished. As a result, we have some wide-open spaces. Especially in the kitchen. My husband decided it would be fun to throw the tennis ball around and have our German Shepherd, Schultz, fetch it.

"Don't do that," I warned. "The tennis ball is going to end up down an open vent."

Did he listen?

No.

On the first throw it happened. The tennis ball bounced off the wall where the oven had been. Then it bounced off the wall where the sink had been. Then it rolled along the floor . . . right into the open vent. Down it went. Never to be seen again.

I shook my head. I didn't even have to say, "I told you so." He knew.

Moral of the story:  Always listen to Mama! 

(He pried apart the vent and attempted to retrieve it, but couldn't. So now we have a tennis ball stuck somewhere in our vent system. Hopefully it won't end up in the furnace!) 

51 comments:

  1. That's a great reason to listen to Mama. Yipes, I hope the tennis ball landed where it wont' cause trouble.

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  2. I thought you were going to say one of the kiddos wasn't listening. I think this is worse ;)

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  3. Oh no! It is one of those times when you really should listen to Mama. And, of course, it would happen the first time he threw it too.

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  4. Oh crap! We've had stuff go down the vent before. You might have to find it as tennis balls burn easy.

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    1. Oh boy. I hope it doesn't get that far, because I don't think we'll ever be able to fish it out.

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  5. Hi, Sherry!

    That is so typical, dear friend! I swear if there is a hole somewhere, anywhere, things that you don't want to fall in will always ALWAYS find their way into it.

    I remember a time when my mother warned me not to play with my new beach ball in the house. I didn't listen. I bounced it off the floor and it flew up and hit the ceiling light, shattering the glass shell. Luckily I ran before the shards of glass showered down or I would surely have been cut.

    Thank you very much for your kind words of condolence during my period of mourning, Sherry. They meant a lot to me.

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    1. I'm glad you're back! Always nice to read your comments!

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    1. Yes. Then Bubba and Squirt will have to go retrieve it on their next adventure. ;)

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  7. I call this Murphy's Law, what you don't want to happen WILL happen. . . but you warned him. The wisdom of the Mama should not be taken lightly.

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  8. Get a vacuum cleaner with good suction and pull it out. No? Should have listened haha

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    1. It would need a mega strong suction. Too bad it wasn't metal, because then I could get a giant magnet and get it out.

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  9. Funny that it was your husband who didn't listen. I admire you going through so much turmoil during your renovations.

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    1. It has been crazy! Right now I'm without water. Not too thrilled about that.

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  10. wait, your husband did that? Even I know better than that. and according to her that knows it all, I'm still in training.

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    1. Haha! Apparently I need to train him a little better.

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  11. Big boys can be just as bad as the little ones--LOL!

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  12. My mom didn't have to tell me not to play ball in the house. I knew it would lead to certain death.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. This sounds like everything I say to my kids, except they keep doing something physically dangerous about every 8 seconds. :)

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  14. Yes, always listen to Mama! I bet Schultz was disappointed that he lost his ball too.

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    1. He didn't seem terribly disappointed. He has a collection of tennis balls.

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  15. Yep! Should have listened to Mama! She knows best :)

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  16. Hope you get your vent sorted Sherry. Yes Mothers' always right.

    Yvonne.

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    1. The tennis ball is still there. I don't think we're going to get it out.

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  17. Oh no!!! That is not good! I hope you can get the tennis ball and I hope it doesn't cause any problems!!! I agree, always listen to Mama!!!

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    1. Life would be so much easier if everyone listened to me!

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  18. Mama knows best! Every husband needs to learn that.

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  19. Throwing a ball in the house after being advised not to is always a tough lesson to learn! Makes me think of the episode of The Brady Bunch! :)
    ~Jess

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  20. Yikes! Hopefully your husband will think twice before going against a mama's wisdom again...LOL.

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  21. Renovations are awesome, but no fun to live through. I know. We began remodeling the entire first floor of our farmhouse colonial LAST September. Let me say that again - LAST September. All that's left is little things like finishing the trim and more expensive jobs like buying the new furniture. I just want it done, already. lol

    Your son...LOL! All I can picture is fried tennis ball for supper. :)

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    1. It's ridiculous how long these projects take. It's driving me crazy living in so much dust and disorder!

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  22. I had imagined this ending with Schultz disappearing down the vent in the hope of catching the ball. Thank goodness, that didn't happen.

    My nose was broken in a ball incident when our collie jumped for a ball being bounced in the house when she jumped up just as I bent down. I ended up in casualty where they so thought Mr T had caused the injury (which I suppose he had in a way, just not the way they thought). Giving him the most dirtiest of looks, they kept asking what kind of a dog she was and that she must have been an awfully BIG dog (all whilst glaring at Mr T).

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    1. If the vent was big enough, I'm sure Schultz would have tried to chase it.

      Sorry about your nose incident. Not fun!

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  23. Oh, no. So it was not your son, but his dad who didn't listen. Oh, should have listened to mama!

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  24. Why must we always learn by trial and error and not by listening to those who have already been there and done that?

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    1. I guess everyone thinks they know better.

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  25. Oh my goodness... I am with you Sherry, I have often told my children not do something in the house, they didn't listen and then the very thing you think will happen, happens... I do hope someone can retrieve that ball and that you won't be in reno life for a long time to come xox

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