It's summertime! School is out and pretty soon you will be faced with that age old problem......
(dun dun dun)
Do you enjoy the smell of burning machinery and burning rubber combined?
Do you enjoy seeing that vein on your dear mother's face pop out so far that it looks like it's going to burst?
Do you enjoy having different appliance repairmen visit your house on a regular basis?
Well kids, have I got an activity for you!!
First, clean your room. I know this is usually something that you don't do voluntarily, however, it will confuse your parents. They will be so shocked and happy that it will intensify their reaction to the real activity that you have planned!
Second, take all of the blankets and sheets in your room and stuff them in the washing machine. May I suggest, more specifically,
(may be sung to the tune of "Twelve days of Christmas")
Three LARGE afgans
Two handmade blankets
One throw blanket
One set of sheets
And a twin sized Spongebob comforter!
Be sure to use all of your weight to pack them down in the washing machine so that the lid will close.
Sit on the lid if necessary.
Next, put in the soap, turn on the washing machine and wait for the fun to begin!
Now, here's the tricky part, when the washing machine starts making a really obnoxious noise and you start to smell the burning machinery/rubber smell, instead of telling anyone, just close the door to the laundry room.
The washing machine might actually stop on it's own. In fact, it will probably stop and not start again.
Now here's the really fun part, when your mom starts to walk into the laundry room, casually say "Hey mom, you might not want to go in there, it smells really bad!"
Naturally, your mother will want to investigate any and every bad smell in the house, and will go in the laundry room anyway. Now is the time to tell her about the funny noise and how the washing machine "just stopped on it's own."
See the look of horror on your mother's face when she pushes every button on the washing machine only to discover that there are no signs of life left in this dear (not so old) appliance.
Watch as your mother searches the house, looking for the warranty to the washing machine, hoping that the warranty is not void if children are allowed to use the appliance.
Listen to your mother mutter under her breath something about never really seeing any rule that specifically says that children can't be sold on eBay.
Making family memories is so much fun!!!
Next you will get to help your
Be forewarned, your mother may tell you that the money designated for the trip to the amusement park will be paid to the appliance repair man.
And there will be no amusement happening for you this summer!
One last thing, this project is so much more fun if it happens after 11:00 p.m.
Go ahead, I DARE YOU!!!
This morning just before calling the repairman, I tried one more time to turn on the washing machine and lucky for the children, it worked.
We have spent the day rinsing and drying the all of the bedding removed last night, except this time I have separated it into 4 different loads.
Yes, I am relieved.