Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Here, Mom!

A stale piece of chewed gum.

"Here, Mom!"

Sticky, brown apple core.

"Here, Mom!"

Wilted lollipop stick.

"Here, Mom!"

Puh-leeze tell me I'm not the only mother who is mistaken for a waste receptacle on a daily, nay, hourly, basis.

Sometimes it's that little Chiquita banana sticker...or a string cheese wrapper...or their half-licked yogurt lid.

My favorite are the straw wrappers off the juice boxes.  Clingy little bastards.

I'm convinced my children must think I actually LIKE these little Gifts of Garbage bestowed upon me by their grubby little hands.

Sometimes I'm even lucky enough to receive the Grand Prize!

A rogue booger pressed firmly into my palm with a passing, "Here, Mom!"

Isn't that precious?  (I guess the bright side is that they're not eating them, right?)

Why my boyz can't walk the extra 3 steps to the garbage can is a mystery I have yet to solve...

Got any mysteries in YOUR Trenches?

17 comments:

That One Mom said...

I'm convinced that my kids have broken arms. Why else could they be completely incapable of carrying anything to the trash can on their own?

gaelikaa said...

I know. I was there too.

Sincerely, Jenni said...

My kids are the same way, and they are 9 and 14!

Every time I clean out my purse, it is full of gum wrappers, Kleenexes, straw wrappers... none of them from me. It's just when there's no garbage around, they hand stuff to me. LIKE I'M SUPPOSED TO MAKE A GARBAGE CAN MAGICALLY APPEAR!

Vodka Logic said...

It will end.. now I tell them to toss it themselves.

Suburb Sierra said...

LOL...the little wrappers from the juice box straws are my nemesis!

Our new mystery is "OK kids - pick up the toys in the living room before bed."

Magically it's clean. I'm so impressed. Until yesterday. When I found 90% of it hidden under our coffee table. Does it look like a toybox?

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Oh, I am soooo there! And what I can't figure out is why they bring the trash to me when I'm sitting at the computer ... which is like five feet away from a TRASH CAN!!

?????

Shanna said...

Yes! I am in the same boat. I really love it when they just throw it at me in the van when I don't immediately take it from them!!

Jen said...

I have this same problem.

And a mystery that I have is why when their Dad is right there do they come to me in the other room to ask me to get them something. And why am I the one that just has to change all the poopy diapers. That sucks.

Amy said...

"Clingy little bastards" made me laugh out loud!! So true!

I can remember my own mother saying to my sister and me "do I look like a garbage can?!" and "Don't put that in my purse. Find a trash can!"

All kids do this. It's odd but universal.

HaB said...

Actually - my husband is worse that my daughter. It is no uncommon for me to come home and find empty fruit snack wrappers on the end table or the string cheese wrapper on the small counter by the fridge - and I KNOW it is my husband, since Madaline is too young to be able to open those things.

Either way - nice to know that it happens everywhere - and that I am not alone.

C H R I S T I said...

Oh I am a garbage receptacle too and a pack mule...here mom hold this and this and this and this and can i put this in your purse...rocks, pine cones, grass, blocks, legos...you name it. it's in my purse...

Michele Renee said...

I'm with HaB above on the string cheese wrapper. At my house the wrappers do not get handed to me. The pigs (boys) I live with just leave them laying around.

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

My little guy loves throwing everything away! The though of not having to dig through the trash looking for toys and other things really sort of appeals to me. I am sure this is a phase and someday I will miss when he use to throw his own crap away.

k e r r y said...

I've been telling my kids for years that I am not their trash can!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I have said the phrase "I am NOT a garbage can!" approximately 7 million times.

bluecottonmemory said...

It's like being the CEO of a company and the entry-level people think you're the doorman! Apparently the hand that rocks the cradle and rules the world is also a garbage can. I think they need an MBA lesson plan on the chain of comman!

Maureen said...

We have this discussion daily... Me, "do you know where the trash is?" My son, "Yes." Me, "put it in the trash." Son, "Can you do it?"

Ugh...

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