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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Socks


Socks.  Always left all over the house.  Right here by the front door, five pairs.  I could write an entire post about how I can't stand all of the socks that are all over my house on any given day.  Half turned inside out as they are hastily pulled off of feet.  I could sit and complain that no matter how many times I tell everyone to put their socks away, don't leave them on the floor, pick those suckers up and they don't........... but I'm not going to.

No one wants to sit and read an entire post full of me complaining.  I choose to be the bigger, better person. I'm going to take the higher road instead of telling you all that I kid you not when I say my house is always covered in dirty discarded socks.  Socks that when you pick them up you hold them carefully between your thumb and pointer finger and as far away from your nose as possible as you carry them to the laundry room because no one else will.  (Remember how many boys I have????)  Unless you have a sock war.

SOCK WAR!  You yell that and then all of The Native's go scrambling around to gather as many socks as they can and the winner, the one who has the most gets a prize.  Usually I let them skip one of their chores.  Totally worth it.

I am so glad that I have the strength of character not to complain about our sock problem and I know that you are grateful and thank me.

It feels good being a good example of not airing my dirty laundry on my blog.

39 comments:

  1. truly you are an inspiration to us all.....
    ;-)

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    1. You know me! I never say a word. I just mind my own business, but if you ask me............ (What movie is that from?)

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    2. I LOVE the old Parent Trap! Good old Verbena! :-)

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    3. Of course, you realize that I had the Parent Trap theme song running through my head all day after that quote! (LOL)
      I might have to dig out my copy and watch it again...

      "JJJooohhhnnn..."
      "MMaaarrrssshhaaa...."

      (Cue naked cupid...lol)

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  2. Oh way to turn a negative into a positive! You are the better person!

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    1. It's so hard not complaining. Takes such inner strength. ;)

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  3. That is too funny. Nothing better than a good ole sock war...Loved your description of things...

    Maybe I should try that in my classroom... lol... "Paper war!" "Homework war!".... "Sit down, be quiet for a couple of seconds war." :-)

    (Actually I have done something similar with having them find the "magic" paper, scrap, etc... Some years it works better than others... lol)

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    1. Hahahaha. Sit down, be quiet for a couple of seconds war. Too funny. Sounds like the Quiet Game to me! I can remember on trips my dad saying, "Who wants to play a game"? Of course we'd get all excited. We did!!! Then he'd say, "Let's play the quiet game"............ NOT THRILLED. But being the competitive girls that we are, we'd hush up because danged if we were going to lose!

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    2. Ohhh.... those wily dads... lol...

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  4. Not to air your dirty laundry - BWAHAHAHAHA. Clever little snipe. Shoot, I'd just make sock monsters out of the things and the next time somebody complained about not having any to wear, I'd just smile. You could probably carry a can of something nice and aerosol to spray on the things before you have to pick them up. A sort of wasp spray for foot odor - but leave it to you to come up with Sock Wars to diffuse your own frustration and get the job done.

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    1. Every once in awhile I amuse myself with actually coming up with something clever. It doesn't happen often...........

      I've woken up with a big ol' cold sore on the side of my lip/face so I'm not feeling clever at all today. More like, go and hide under my covers all day and feel sorry for myself.

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    2. I'm out of my usual cold sore stuffs so I am madly trying several different oils. Wish me luck!!!! In the meantime.... my lip is pouting. :)

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    3. I hate cold sores. Good luck finding something to help.
      (And may the fates deign to bestow upon your lip quick recovery... :-) )

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    4. Ugh! Thank you! I hate them too!!! Nothing like having your lip walk in the door five minutes before the rest of my face.... add painful on top of that..... Joy.......

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    5. haha, mine is doing the same thing....but it is my chin and lip that is presenting itself through the door first. poison oak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    6. Oh what a sad lot we are.......... poor us!

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  5. Febreeze takes the stinky away...at least for awhile.
    When I read Sock Wars I was picturing snowball fights and thinking that would just make them harder to find...but you are ever so smarter than that!
    Maybe you could start collecting them and charge them to get them back! A money maker!

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    1. I don't care where the things end up! As long as I can't see them or smell them. :D

      Knowing my boys, if I charged them for their socks, they'd start going bare foot, and then their feet would stink even more! :D

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    2. But they can't just drop their feet for you to pick up....just sayin'. ;D

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    3. I dunno........ I'm sure they'd manage somehow...... they drop their bodies from time to time for me to pick up and move. :D

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  6. You know I was just thinking... "Sock Wars" sound like a great name for a children's book. Maybe you should write it and make millions. Then you could invent socks that put themselves away... lol...
    I was going to say you could buy socks that would walk themselves to their rooms or the laundry bin, but if they are like the socks my brothers used to leave laying around they can probably almost stand and do that on their own already...lol...

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    1. LOL! "they can probably almost stand and do that on their own already"...You said it!!! Especially socks they've worn to scout camp!!

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    2. Be afraid... be very afraid... lol

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  7. I'm thinking of charging a dime again for every sock that is left lying around the house. About four years ago I was charging for clothing items being left on the bedroom floor. Child # 2 did not like it at all.
    When it gets to a point where I can't stand it any longer I call on GW to go and throw everything in their closet and then we start charging rent!

    It's great.

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    1. It's crazy! I'm too outnumbered!! Toys, books, clothes, dirty dishes, etc.

      I have a few days of not feeling well and then when I do feel better I'm six feet under and don't have the energy to tackle it all. sigh....

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  8. It's the once-wet-now-dry-stinky-sandy-and-CRUNCHY socks that I dislike the most. Socks should not be crunchy. Socks should not have streams of sand pour off of them when they are (eventually) picked up. Socks should not be left anywhere and everywhere. Not that I'm complaining, either. I'm just pinching my nose.

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    1. Wabi. I really really really really really like you. :) I understand completely what you just said and find you even more amazing because you're not complaining about it! If it were me, and this wasn't my blog, I would TOTALLY be complaining about crusty once wet now dry and full of sand socks because I have those too! :D

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    2. Poor little girls with socks all over. But let me warn you (as I always do): get rid of the socks and you will also find that there is not as much laughter lying around either. Or as much interesting conversation. Or as many excuses to get out of housework. Or for walks in the woods. Just sayin'. By the way - you've racked up like 33 comments on here so far. That should make you feel like a solid citizen - and I just made it 34. Hotcha.

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  9. I know those things come when The Native's go and I will miss having The Native's here but..... I do have to say there are some things that I'm not going to miss. I know I'm not. :D Maybe socks isn't one of them...... but there are other things....... but I suppose that is what grand kids are for...... I am doomed to always having boogers on the walls...........

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  10. brilliant! what a great way to get the socks off the floor, sounds like a lot of fun too! Toby is the main sock scatterer here - he will insist on wearing them to go out anywhere (even with sandals) but as soon as he's back through the door off them come!

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    1. My youngest is like that. Socks and pajamas! The second he walks in the door from school, off go his clothes, and back on with his jammies. It is the funniest thing to me.

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  11. You've had some sad moments, as you've awwn your kids growing up. However, there ARE plusses. I love the fact that my house stays loverly and that I don't feel that old resentment of having to do things my kids were perfectly capable of doing.

    Be that as it may, your sock war is a remarkably Rachel way of handling the issue. Much better than fuming!

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    1. I know when they are gone I'll miss them horribly but I know there will be things as you said, that I won't miss. Like having to chisel boogers off of walls. Nope. Don't see me missing that either.

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