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Pale as a Ghost

It was a couple of hours after I wrote Homework and the Elusive Flu Bug that the scene from the exorcist was replayed across my bathroom floor with my youngest son.  It was at that moment I felt I had enough of puke  for a century as I scrubbed the night away.  

It was after I was done cleaning and fully recovered from the poisonous fumes that  I went to check in on my little man, “Honey, you look as pale as a ghost!”

He looked at me “I do!”

“Yes! You do!”

It is with that he lifted both of hands to examine them carefully for several minutes. He then looked up at me and sighed, “Mom! I think you are crazy! I can still see my hands and I definitely do not look like a ghost!”

Have you ever taken someone’s  words literally? Did it end with humorous results?

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  1. When I was about 6 years old on my first plane flight my mother told me that chewing gum would keep my ears from popping. She handed me a piece of gum which I chewed for a few minutes until it was soft and pliable. Luckily, she turned around in time to grab my hand as I was sticking the gum into my ear to keep it from popping.

    I hope you are done with your visits from the flu fairy.

    1. Hahaha! That is really funny! I will have to remember the next time I’m flying with my kids to make sure they keep their gum in their mouth! Imagine the disaster if she didn’t catch you….

      I think the flu fairy is slowly leaving the building I have my fingers-crossed for a very quiet evening…

  2. I know someone that keeps a log of the interesting things her kids say. She titled it with the kids name and added “isms” – yep, some day she’ll be able to black mail them, or embarrass them at a dinner party!

  3. Here’s to hoping the flu bug is gone and you do not get sick. I know the germ bug can be hard to get rid of in spite of cleaning.
    after a particular tough day my daughter looked at her 3 year old son and told him he was skating on thin ice. he said good i lovve skating. Lol.

  4. I wish I could remember all the times I’ve said things to my kids and they thought me literal. Now that they are older (13 & almost 16) it happens less and less thanks to their sarcastic wit (which they get from their father…I’m sure). But…when I was tutoring language learners at the community college we would frequently talk about the idioms in our language – English is SO challenging! While reading a book with one student she was so confused over what “piece of cake” meant, because eating a piece of cake did NOT fit into the context of the situation. I had to explain that it simply meant something was easy. She laughed and we talked about more idioms. I hope your little beastie is feeling better!

  5. Poor little guy. I have experienced a lot of gore in my life, but puke is the one thing that gets to my own gut.

    “The Exorcist” – Wow, brings back awful memories. I saw it when it first came out in 1973. Scared the heck out of me so much that I almost ran out of the theater during the head swirling scene. Now it seems so tame.

    1. I don’t think I could ever be a Doctor on top of the gore and the puke – it is a tough job 🙂

      I remember when I was a kid we watched an exorcism on 20/20 and then watched the Exorcist. I don’t think I slept a wink for weeks!

  6. Oh, poor you! I hope your crew is feeling better and your puke-mopping days are behind you for good. I love the way kids are unintentionally hilarious. And what the absolute perfect time for the two of you to have a laugh 🙂

  7. There has to be a song in this somewhere, some sort of Pink Floyd orchestration with a hint of surrealism in the lyrics, written from a mother’s perspective.

  8. One day I was watching television with my ex (I think it was Special Victims Unit) and a woman’s boyfriend was being verbally abusive to her and then went out and raped someone. I then proceeded to tell my husband that the girl’s boyfriend had seriously lost his damn mind. Then my son started to look puzzled and started searching around the living room. When I asked him what he was doing he said helping the man find his brain. I just cracked up…

    I absolutely love it when children say things like that because it reminds me of how truly innocent and cute they are.

  9. I remember when my son was about to start Kindergarten, he was playing on the floor as I looked at the letter sent from his school and informed him that his teacher’s name was Mrs. Kerr (pronounced “car”). And I’ve never forgotten his pause, and the look he gave me when he said, “Her name is car?” It hadn’t even registered with me what that would sound like to him!

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