See Me Smile

January 20, 2010 by Rieshy
Saturday my 17 year old had 6 friends over to shoot a "short". This brought the under-18 population at my home to 13. Smack in the middle of their shoot my new dishwasher was delivered.

See stunned appliance delivery-men's faces at the sight of many costumed and fake gun toting teens filling my modest home.

Exit teens to the front yard to let off steam until the delivery is complete. Two of the teens happen to be the sons of our community's sword-smith (what, your community doesn't have a local sword-smith?) and they have brought prototypes.

The sound of ringing swords is bound to attract attention. So does the sight of 6 teen-aged boys attacking each other with an assortment of claymores, daggers, short swords, katanas and cutlasses.

See stunned appliance delivery-men's faces as they ask, "Are those real swords?"

See for yourself.

Pull out old dishwasher to find 39 pencils, countless match box cars, and a vast population of almost-sentient dust bunnies relaxing in a pool of leaking water.

See my horrified face.

Thankfully my 15 year old daughter had just baked a huge tray of Snickerdoodles cookies.

See me feed the delivery men a dozen cookies in the hopes they will forget everything they have seen and call neither the police nor the health department.

The delivery-men and extra teens finally leave; watch me load my new dishwasher- a gift from my wonderful sisters. When the cycle finishes listen as I open the door and my 13 year old gasps with great joy, "They're clean!"

Now, see me smile.

For more smiles go to Thankful Thursday.

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Maisie in Maine said...

Congratulations on the new dishwasher. I'm going to ask Santa for one next Christmas.

jo.attalife said...

LOL! I can imagine the chaos, even though (sadly) I can't see the pictures. Indeed, a new dishwasher is ONE GREAT blessing, and those kids, too!
Please see mine here.

Denise said...

Enjoyed this thankful post.

Rieshy said...

Maisie- I love your "family tree" picture.

Melanie said...

This is great! I'm sure the delivery men have seen worse than under your dw. Besides those swords and being offered cookies will definitely be the most memorable part of their visit to your house! Really want to see those pics, but the link is broken : (

Rieshy said...

Sorry about the broken link- I just linked to my friend's sparring "armory". Unfortunately no pictures of the kids right now.

But... I am waiting for my son to finish his short, and I will post movie:)

Sue said...

Hi Susan,
What a delightful and well written post, I so enjoyed reading it, and am giving thanks for your new dishwasher.
I also read some of your previous post, and was so blessed.
Thank you for visiting and for leaving me such a sweet comment.

Raise Them Up said...

Lol! That's too funny! I'm glad no one was harmed in the making of this thankful post. :)

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Sounds like a crazy week...I'm sure you are thankful for it to be over LOL

Stephanie M. Page said...

Oh so funny post, and so lovely and congrats on your dishwasher!!! Now following from mom blogs club!

Unknown said...

Hi Susan,

Just delightful and fun post. I could just see it all playing out. You must be one fantastic mom because your house is where the teenagers want to hang out.

I enjoyed every word. Thank you for sharing your day. Hugs. See you again next week.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, the swords are real!

How in the world did those things get behind your dishwasher????

Maybe that is where all of our socks go...

Debra said...

I laughed so hard I cried. So I read the post aloud to dh. He nearly bust a gut laughing at the almost-sentient dust bunnies.

We just want to know... were you describing the floor under our broken dishwasher, or yours?

Rieshy said...

Debra, It must be your floor. I'm sure I pull out all my appliances bi-weekly to scrub behind them.
Glad you enjoyed the dust bunnies. I'm just relieved they were not unionized.

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