Meet the foreigners

Real life completely not exaggerated scene from my morning:

Me, sitting on the couch, Ellie on my lap, combing her considerable tangles and preparing to try a new hairstyle with braids.

Nate, standing outside, front door open, watching Toby run around for a few minutes before we leave him to be gone for most of the day.

Scott playing with toys.  Lucy sleeping.

It is approximately 20 minutes before we are supposed to leave the house to have lunch with our boss.  Who is also a friend, so not really as scary as it sounds.

1.  Toby suddenly makes a bee line for something that no one without a beagle nose can possibly imagine.  All I know is it must have been several blocks away.  Nate grabs shoes and runs after him to drag him home, leaving the front door open.

2.  Scott announces that he has wet his pants.  I reprimand him for this and tell him I will deal with it in five minutes when I have finished Ellie’s hair.  Scott immediately begins stripping off his wet pants and underwear.

3.  Lucy wakes up and begins to cry.  I continue combing, knowing that if I let Ellie go now, we’ll never get her head to look like anything but the mat of thistles it currently resembles.  Lucy will be fine for five minutes.

4.  I suddenly realize that Scott, completely naked from the waist down, has now wandered out the open front door.  Nate is no where in sight.

5.  Before I can in any way respond to this, my neighbor, who is walking by with arms full of groceries, sees Scott, stops and comes over to shoe him back inside.

6.  Said neighbor is very friendly and speaks English and therefore loves to talk to us.  He comes on inside and begins to chat about this and that.  While I braid Ellie’s hair.  While a baby screams in the back room.  While a three-year-old runs around with his butt in the wind.

Really?  Is this my life?  Or am I just stuck in a bad Ben Stiller movie?

Posted 11/15/2009 at 7:15 PM


“Add comments”…you must be kidding…how can anyone stop laughing long enough to add anything to that!!!!

Posted 11/15/2009 at 11:57 PM by dukatjones


Posted 11/16/2009 at 9:33 AM by brahamcrackers

Love it!  I am laughing because I have moments kind of like that. . .

Posted 11/16/2009 at 3:21 PM by leahviolet

oh deb…thanks for typing this out.  love you friend

Posted 11/16/2009 at 3:49 PM by crabtrees

Oh my! Hilarious! I had to laugh since Emie was wandering around outside the other day without pants, socks, shoes, etc. (it is NOVEMBER!) and a neighbor jokingly (I hope) mentioned calling protective services…ha ha, ha, not quite funny. She was with the big kids and I only lost track for a couple minutes 😦

Posted 11/16/2009 at 4:51 PM by broolee

Deb, I have been smiling about this since I read it.  Thank you. 🙂

Posted 11/16/2009 at 9:23 PM by cmanahan

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