Tuesday, August 24, 2004
The US Holocaust Museum
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The hush descended over us after the museum guide gave us our instructions. All of us had our ID cards of people who lived during the Holocaust. The elevator stops at the top floor. The doors open, and we step out. Pictures, movies, people of all ages walking around reading about the horrors of Hitler’s Germany, and the mass killings that he did to the Jewish people as well as Jehovah Witnesses, Romas (gypsies), the sick, the old, and the mentally ill.
I have read a lot of historical fiction by the Thoenes on the Holocaust and the Jewish plight to start anew in Israel. My passion is for the Jewish people and their salvation in Yeshua (Jesus). The Holocaust Museum took me back 60-70 years ago. I tried to visualize what it was like to live in those times with growing fear and victimization until entire villages were burnt out.
Perhaps the two most, touching exhibits for me in the museum were the areas that described what happened to children and the undesirables. First, I couldn’t imagine any of the mothers’ anguish at the helplessness of watching their children heading for certain torture or death. Nor, could I imagine the leap of faith that these parents took trusting their children to strangers to rescue these little ones from Hitler’s killing machines. I will forever have the picture of a baby boy crying at the steps among of other children. It looked as if he fell or was dropped. No one picked him up to comfort him. He just lay there crying…obviously disturbed at falling and having no one to help him.
The torture that children with mental retardation endured before they died was chilling. It must’ve been super-difficult to imagine what was happening to them without neither their mothers nor their fathers there to comfort them. It chilled me to the bone---almost to nausea.
Three and a half-hours later we emerged from the museum out to the rainy sidewalks. I was glad that I was done with my tour of the museum…but I was sad, too. I was thankful for a place to contemplate the depth of human evil. And, relieved that I could escape it However, at the same time I realized that type of evil is never too far away from me since I am human, too; making me cognizant that I am nothing without Christ’s mercy and grace.
posted by wendy 4:14 AM
My Reaction to the Library of Congress
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On Monday, August 19, 2004, my husband surprised me with a trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. I was so excited for this trip. I love books and history. And, I knew that this trip was going to be great.
My husband and I had a wonderful time at the Library of Congress. Actually, I found it to be overwhelming with the amount of documents and history to see. The artistry on the ceilings and the buildings’ architecture were sights in themselves.
I was having a grand time until I walked into the Anne Telnaes’s Political Cartoon exhibit near the gift shop. I started reading the political cartoons slowly realizing that she was expressing her negative, unpatriotic attitude, which is similar to the typical liberal gripes against President George W. Bush. I was appalled! What the heck—we’re in Washington DC, and he is a sitting President. Isn’t there any respect in this country?
That did it for me. I was incensed! It’s bad enough having to see the liberal machine trying its darnest to find everything wrong with this President. And, I know Bush isn’t perfect. But, come on…is there no respect for the President…even if you don’t agree with him? And, what’s with the Library of Congress---can’t the Librarian show any wisdom that it’s wrong to award someone who is criticizing a sitting President?
Aside of my annoyance at this blatant disrespect for President Bush, what is the message that we are sending to the millions of tourists, who are not Americans, visiting our country? We are sending a message that we are bipartisan, and that we can’t respect a President with whom we don’t agree with in political philosophies to the point of showcasing someone making fun of him.
Also, what about the impressionable children and youth who visit the Library of Congress…they aren’t able to decipher between the various biases that people have in this country. I know some of you would say that this instance would be a great learning experience for them. But, I think it’s encouraging kids to maintain an attitude of disrespect that we all have shown to our President, our government, and our country.
I think its high time to stop looking for fault with our President. Our country is losing sight of its identity when we start tearing down a sitting President for doing the best job that he can in order to keep us safe. Maybe that’s something that Telnaes should focus on in her next political cartoon exhibit.
posted by wendy 4:12 AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
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Subject: How they died
On Sunday, August 8, 2004, in the Lancaster Sunday newspaper there was report about 10 kids that have died in Lancaster County in the past year. It is a sad tale. And one that angers me tremendously.
Many of these children were killed out of anger at the hands of their mothers’ boyfriends or husbands. In one case, a father killed his son in a rage in February. Further, Baby Alison’s killer is unknown to us; but she died by having her throat cut. Her body was thrown in a Dumpster at an Amish school; and found by Amish children, who are taught at home to revere life. They found the baby as they were burning trash from the dumpsters. One of the little girls thought it was a doll. But, a boy corrected her, and said it wasn’t a dolly; but a baby. Imagine the Amish children’s shock at finding this gruesome sight—a baby thrown in a Dumpster on a cold December morning---right after Christmas.
I am angry and sad at these tales. What is wrong with these people? These mothers must be so desperate to have a support system that they pick any schmuck off the street to watch their children while they’re working long hours at minimum wage jobs.
Furthermore, where are these young mothers’ parents? Why aren’t the grandparents stepping up to the plate to protect and nurture their grandchildren?
Mike Adam’s essay on TownHall.com said it best when he stated that we must go back to teaching morality. I agree with him. The Sunday newspaper article tried to side with the "poor" paramours, who were just frustrated. Ah poor them! What about the kids? Most of them were under 10. Some of them were doing normal baby reactions such as crying and not staying in bed when they were sick. Because of their normal child behavior, they were abused and killed at the hands of men who didn’t love them with that protective-type of love that only FATHERS can provide. Furthermore, all of those children died violent deaths.
I say shame on the irresponsibility of the grandparents and mothers of these babes. And, the paramours should be thrown into jail---even if they were never in trouble before (one of the men’s grandmother stated that her boy was never in trouble. Who gives a flying fig? He better be in trouble now for his monstrous behavior toward a child. Jesus said a milestone should be tied around anyone who hurts a child. In addition to the milestone, Jesus told his listeners to throw the abuser into the river. Sounds like just punishment to me.). More children will die horrible deaths at the hands of men who don’t care about their well being if these perpetrators were law-abiding citizens beforehand.
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Friday, February 06, 2004
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Monday, September 01, 2003
Life Skills that need to be taught at Home
By Wendy Komancheck
How prepared were you when you entered the adult world? Were you able to manage your money? How about your marriage---what qualities and values does your spouse have that made him or her worth marrying?
Marriage and money are the two life skills that your children need to learn about before entering the adult world. Sure, children learn by our example. But, as they grow into adolescence, they should be having frank discussions with you about finding the right mate and managing their money.
Life Skill 1: Marriage:
Many parents, church leaders, and others assume that our teens will know how to find a good mate in life. But, do they? With Christian couples divorcing at the same rate as the secular world, you wonder if our teens know what goes into finding a mate for life.
In Malachi 2:16 God says, “I hate divorce, say the LORD God of Israel.” That verse packs a pretty strong punch as far as what God expects of us in regard to the marriage commitment. The following are some life skills in finding a responsible mate:
Make sure that your son or daughter is dating a Christian: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (I Cor. 6:14).
Model commitment in your marriage, so your children will know what a long-term relationship looks like. From her excellent book on the effects of divorce on children called The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, Dr. Judith Wallerstein states, “But in coping with the normal stresses in a marriage, adults from divorced families were at a grave disadvantage. Anxiety about relationships was at the bedrock of their personalities and endured even in very happy marriages. Their fears of disaster and sudden loss rose when they felt content. And their fear of abandonment, betrayal, and rejection mounted when they found themselves having to disagree with someone they loved. After all, marriage is a slippery slope and their parents fell off it. All had trouble dealing with differences or even moderate conflict in their close relationships. Typically their first response was panic, often followed by flight. They had a lot to undo and a lot to learn in a very short time.”
Discuss with your children what values and characteristics make a good mate. Talk about what you appreciate in your marriage. Values like commitment, honesty, communication, and anger management are vital to maintaining a strong marriage.
Life Skill Two: Money Management
Your children need to know that a budget keeps them on track with how much money they make and how much needs to go out of their paychecks each week to pay for housing, food, clothing, entertainment, insurance, etc. Budgeting is the basis for good money management and financial planning.
A practical area to teach your students about budgeting is preparing them for paying for college. To alleviate college debt, have your 10th graders start thinking about which college they will attend after graduation. After the decision is made, you can look at all the costs involved into going to their school of choice.
Additionally, your students can work toward maintaining good grades for the rest of their high school career. Thereby, making them eligible for various scholarships and grants to help them pay for their tuition. According to Dan Bailey, Financial Consultant with Premier Investment Advice in Lancaster, PA, “the real job in high school is to get the best grades possible for scholarship money for college.”
Financial stewardship and marital commitment are two of the themes that we see throughout the Bible. God wants us to keep our commitments to our partners and make our family a microcosm of the Kingdom of God. Likewise, God tells us to be good stewards of the material blessings that He has given us. Our children need to be taught definite skills in order to obey God’s commands for their future.
Some additional money management skills that our children need to learn before they leave our homes include checking accounts, borrowing, and investing.
Getting your child started with a checking account in their mid-teens is a great idea for them to start paying their bills and learning concrete concepts of cash flow. Teaching your children how to balance a checking account is vital to good money management.
Bailey states: “Since this is certainly in their future [checking accounts], it is a good idea to begin as soon as possible. If the child demonstrates responsibility, then a debit card can be added at a later point. Until they are old enough to have their own account they can gain experience by writing checks on their parent’s account to pay monthly bills (though they cannot sign) and help balance the account each month. Having them do this will give them experience and give them an idea of the cost of things that they probably take for granted.”
Credit cards and loans are a part of life. The majority of people get mortgages to buy a house. Also, a lot of people borrow money to buy cars. Many folks rely on credit cards to pay for various items that they want.
In regard to loans, Bailey uses the example of car loans, “The real issue is not borrowing, but rather not planning for that eventful day when our children can drive. They will need/want a car, so begin saving today!”
In regard to credit cards, two rules of thumb are paying the balance on time each month, and making sure that you have the money for the item that you are putting on your credit card.
Most people believe that investing is only for grown-ups. But, how many adults really understand the principle of investing until they are in their mid-thirties to forties? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to teach our young people how to invest now, so they can start saving for some of the big-ticket items that come with early adulthood?
You can teach your child the basics of investing from a simple savings account in a bank to opening up a money market with a financial institution. Explaining the lingo, the fundamentals to opening a money market account, and the necessity for an emergency account are basics that will help your students to have their money “make money,” and to encourage them to invest in their future.
“In our home we have our own “401 (k)” plan. They each have a mutual fund that is for long-term savings. It has a minimum of $50 for additional investments once the account was opened. Our matching program is that they save $40 and we add $10 to meet the $50 minimum. Before market performance they have already earned 25% and are EAGER to save,” shares Bailey.
If you have questions about investing or money management, you can contact Crown Financial Ministries, by writing to PO Box 100, Gainsville, GA 30503-0100. Or, you can contact them by calling, 1-800-722-1976, or by the web at www.crown.org.
posted by wendy 1:05 PM
Monday, July 28, 2003
Taking a Day Trip with the Grandkids
By Wendy Komancheck
Do you want to get away for the day with your grandkids? Then, plan your day trip to Lancaster County.
The first step to planning this day away is to consider the ages of your grandchildren and what interests them. For example, if you have preschoolers, a trip to Lapp Valley Farm, south of New Holland would be great for ice cream and a self-tour of the farm. Afterward, you can continue traveling south until you reach Route 340. Take Route 340 West into Bird-In-Hand for a buggy ride at Abe’s Buggy Rides. After your ride, head for Route 30 West and get lunch at any of the local restaurants, from fast food to sit down dining. A locally owned restaurant that is great for sit down dining is Lapp’s Family Restaurant. After lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon at Dutch Wonderland along Route 30. Or, you can head back to New Holland to go to Kidz Escape on Orlan Road to play on wooden jungle gyms and playsets. They also have wooden swings and patio chairs for the adults. Admission is $3.00 per child for one hour.
For an educational trip, consider visiting the many historical landmarks in the city of Lancaster, as well as within the county. There is James Buchanan’s Wheatland and Hans Herr House and Museum in Lancaster; the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata; and the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia. These are only a smattering of historical landmarks. There are many more to visit in Lancaster County. You can get a Lancaster County guidebook at www.padutchcountry.com.
There is a lot to see and do in Lancaster County. Just make sure that you wear sneakers, comfortable clothes, and bring your camera to record “vonderful, goot memories.”
(Source: Lancaster County Visitors’ Guidebook)
posted by wendy 3:06 PM
Preparing for your Freshman Year
By Wendy Komancheck
You graduated from high school. You are accepted into the college of your choice. There are only a few more weeks until you need to pack your things and head off to college. What should you expect?
According to Merris Harvey, associate director of undergraduate admissions at Millersville University, Millersville, “Most students, particularly girls, wait until they go to school in order to coordinate their rooms with their roommates.”
But, Harvey believes that it is better to come equipped with some essentials. “a good, comfortable, glare-free floor lap is a good investment since students will be doing the most reading ever [in their school career].”
“A PC or laptop and hard copies of a dictionary and thesaurus are not a bad investments. … students are more adept at using the Internet as well as hard copies for research tools.”
Millersville dorm rooms are set up to handle two Internet lines and two telephone lines. That way, telephone and Internet usage does not interfere with each other in the dorm room.
You can research library materials, such as periodicals and citations, online from your dorm room, too. Thereby, saving time from having to run around campus to complete your research and studying.
The best advice is to bring the basics that are needed for your dorm room—such as toiletries, pens, pencils, small bulletin boards, and pictures from home. Keep appliances to a minimum. Some larger schools have linen services. Thus, eliminating the need to bring your own linens.
Check with “Campus Life folks, such as Residence Hall deans and directors for appliance restrictions,” as well as any other questions related to dorm life, advises Harvey.
Dr. Anne Skleder, Vice Provost of Alvernia College, Reading, PA, stressed the support that freshman get their first year of school. At Alvernia, there is the Freshman Foundation for students who struggle in school. Alvernia also provides extra academic support to students who struggle with academics in order for them to succeed in college.
At Alvernia, the two places on campus to get help are the Student Life Center, where students “can be triaged in one place to get help with career counseling, academic help, and other issues. There are professionals---administrators, faculty, and professionals-- who can help the students with academic development [and other issues] all year round.”
In Veronica Hall, the health and psychological center is where “problems that are intertwined, [such as health problems and mental health issues] can be dealt with” so students don’t feel that they are singled out for getting mental health help.
Most schools offer some type of freshman orientation to help students get acclimated to college life and to get connected with their peers and professors. Alvernia has the “Freshman Experience” where college credit is earned and where the students get “connected with their peers and with faculty. Freshmen have their first class during orientation where they make early connections with their peers,” states Dr. Skleder.
“They are taught how to handle their time, how to study, and how to make decisions. There are events and get-togethers. It is a liberal arts class.” Skleder continues.
Millersville’s orientation is one to two days before the first semester begins. “It is the transition process of making a successful high school student into a successful college student,” states Harvey.
What are some of the ways that parents can ease the transition from life at home to life at college? According to Harvey, “Young men can be taught how to do laundry. Another idea is to give your young adults a couple rolls of quarters.”
“It’s a paradigm shift from a structured environment with family and education to a more adult, self-disciplined environment,” states Harvey.
“It’s a balancing act between autonomy for the students and helping them. The challenge is to understand that they are not adults yet, to communicating guidance, and to have them take responsibility for their decisions,” advises Skleder.
Is it wise for freshmen to be making the trek home every weekend? According Skleder it is not a good idea because “kids who don’t come home connect with the college, faculty, and their peers. We encourage parents to encourage their kids to stay at school. Parents do a disservice to their kids when they allow them to come home a lot.”
Alvernia College provides support to parents of freshmen students. Contact the college for more information if your son or daughter will be attending there this fall.
The freshman year of college brings a lot changes to the students as well as to the parents. It is a time for students to be moving onto adulthood. And, it is a time for parents to trust that they did a good job training their children and to let their young adults move forward into the young adult world of the college experience.
posted by wendy 3:05 PM
Planning a Day Trip in Lancaster County
By Wendy Komancheck
Planning a day trip to Lancaster County is a fun experience with lots of opportunities depending on what you like to do. Most of the towns in Lancaster County can be day trips in and of themselves. For example, a day trip to Lititz can start in the early morning with breakfast at Spill the Beans on Main Street or at Glassmyer’s Restaurant on North Broad Street. You can walk the town visiting its many shops along Main and Broad Street. Then, you can take a tour of Wilbur Chocolate Factory along Broad Street (Route 501 North), and have lunch at A Perfect Blend Tea Shop—but, remember to make a reservation for lunch. Unless, you want to grab a quick bite to eat in their tea bar which requires no reservations at all. For the afternoon, you can tour the Moravian Church, Linden Hall, and other historic landmarks in town. End your day with a delicious meal at the Sutter Inn at the corner of Broad and Main Streets. Again, remember to make a reservation at the Sutter to ensure seating for dinner.
Another Lancaster County town rich in history and with interesting sites to see is Ephrata, which is northeast of Lititz. You can begin your day by eating breakfast at the Pancake Farm along Route 272 South or at The Akron Restaurant in the neighboring town of Akron also along Route 272 South.
After breakfast, if you are visiting Ephrata on a Friday, make sure to visit Green Dragon Farmers’ Market off of North State Street for a variety of items including Avon products, meat, vegetables, antiques, and candy. There are auctions throughout the day on the grounds. Green Dragon can also be entered off of Route 272 North at Garden Spot Road, which has the huge green dragon sign and dragon at the entrance of the road.
If shopping for upscale clothing and housewares is on your agenda, visit the Donecker’s Stores and Artworks along North State Street. In addition to shopping, you can catch a bite to eat at The Donecker’s Restaurant across the street from the stores. The restaurant features fine French cuisine. Or, if American fare is what you desire, Lily’s On Main, on East Main Street, serves American cuisine.
If you prefer to see and buy local art, visit The Artworks on North State Street to meet local artists and to watch them work. Artworks also houses a coffee shop, a full beauty salon, a deli, and a snack stand.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Ephrata Cloister along Route 322 West for a tour of the grounds and to learn about one of the first religious groups to settle in Ephrata. Stop for a latte before dinner at Oakley’s Café and walk along Main Street to visit the eclectic shops that line the street from east to west.
For dinner, you have many choices depending on your mood. For Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, there is the Cloister Restaurant across from The Ephrata Cloister. Or, you can have fine dining at Lily’s or Donecker’s---just make sure to call in your reservations before dinner.
If you crave to see the rolling hills and serene farmland, you can head to eastern Lancaster County or northern Lancaster County. The New Holland area and the Manheim/Mount Joy area provide plenty of peaceful driving through rolling hills and farmland. To visit New Holland, head east along Route 322, until you get to Route 23 where you will head west toward New Holland.
Yoder’s Restaurant along Route 23 and Tower Road is a nice stop for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you are visiting New Holland on a Monday, you can stop by the New Holland Sales Stables to see a horse auction. Or, you can make a left at Railroad Avenue and head south where you will eventually find Route 340. Make a right onto Route 340 and you will enter the town of Intercourse, the hub of many tourist stops and other attractions to entertain and educate about the Amish culture. The infamous Kitchen Kettle Shops will provide you with many shops to see and to sample homemade Pennsylvania Dutch treats. Also, you can have lunch in Intercourse’s many sandwich shops or eat at the Kling House within the Kitchen Kettle complex.
If you choose to head west to visit the Manheim and Mount Joy areas, you will be traveling along Routes 772 and 72. There is Roots’ Farmers’ Market, which is open on Tuesdays. A lot like Green Dragon, you can buy fresh, butchered meats, fruits, and vegetables. Also, you can eat at Krieder’s Farm Market. They are known for their friendliness and delicious ice cream.
There are many options when taking a day trip to Lancaster County. The cultural and historical places add to Pennsylvania’s overall appeal. The most fun places are the “off the beaten track” stops where you can witness Lancaster County culture and traditions firsthand. Each town has its own unique flavor and sites that are appealing. And, of course, there are plenty of places to eat.
For more ideas on additional Lancaster County sites to visit, contact the Visitors’ Center, Pennsylvania Dutch Country at 1-800-PA-Dutch or online at www.padutchcountry.com.
(Source: Pennsylvania Dutch Country)
posted by wendy 3:04 PM
Saturday, March 08, 2003
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posted by wendy 11:47 AM
Sunday, March 02, 2003
My Life as a Wolf Spider
By Wendy Komancheck
What? Why would any mom compare herself to a Wolf Spider? Wolf Spiders are ugly and hairy. Plus, they are spooky! But, there is something that all mothers of toddlers have in common with the Wolf Spider. It is the clinging of their children. That’s right, when your little one is clinging onto you, whining, not allowing you to walk that is what baby Wolf Spiders are doing to their mommies!
Wolf Spiders, if you are interested, lay eggs. Then, when the egg hatches with many little baby spiders, they jump onto their mother, and cling for dear life. The mother wolf spider carries around her babies until they are old enough to care for themselves.
And, that is what human mothers do, too. It is a good thing that we “carry” around our children. It is how we nurture and protect them. They cling to us when they feel insecure. They know that we are a safe haven.
Next time when your three-year old is clinging onto you for dear life, remember the Wolf Spider and be thankful that you have one redeeming quality in relation to her!
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posted by wendy 4:35 PM
My Guilt-Crazed Hang-up About Soda
By Wendy Komancheck
Yesterday, I stopped at Arby’s on the way home from a family get-together at my grandmother’s house. I had my two boys with me. At my grandmother’s home, I promised them that I would buy them a treat on the way home if they helped me put away toys. Like obedient soldiers, they helped me in order to get their treat. My reward was to split a coke between the three of us. Since I was buying, I decided what the reward was going to be. And, I had a craving for the syrupy sweet stuff and diet wasn’t going to do.
After we left my grandmother’s home, we stopped at a local Arby’s. Feeling like a complete idiot, I couldn’t figure out where to order at the drive-through. So, I drove around in a circle until I found the ordering microphone.
Yes, I have eaten at fast food. And, yes, I have gone through a drive-through before. But, for some reason this particular restaurant baffled me. One of those days, I guess.
I bought a medium Coke, not a lot of ice, and two extra small cups with lids and straws. I pulled up to the window, paid the lady, and got our treat. Then, I pulled into a parking space, put the car in park, and started to divide the soda. Suddenly, Ms. Nutrition, the nutrition expert in my head started to kick it into high gear. You know who she is. She reminds you of all those things you were told about drinking soda and how bad it is for you. Well, this Ms. Nutrition seemed to whisper in my ear, “What are you doing giving your precious ones that sugary sweet soda? It will ruin their teeth, gums, and make them sugar addicts. Shame on you!”
I looked around. No one was there, except two impatient boys waiting for their third of the soda. I didn’t see anyone in a white lab coat checking off all the poisons that I was dumping into my children’s systems at that moment.
As predicted, guilt took over. I remember reading in a magazine that when your soda craving hits, eat a frozen fruit bar. Eat a frozen fruit bar? But, I am not in the mood for a frozen fruit bar! I should be giving the boys frozen fruit bars!
My rational mind, that balances all incoming/outgoing information, quickly returned. “Oh, shut up. Live a little,” I said to Ms. Nutrition, “I am going to enjoy this treat with my boys while they still want to share a soda with me.”
Thank goodness, the boys started to get restless in the backseat. Time to move on. Ms. Nutrition kept her silence. And, we enjoyed the rest of the trip home happily sipping on our soda.
posted by wendy 4:34 PM
Attack of the Shower Head
By Wendy Komancheck
One morning, earlier this week, my husband came into our room to let me know that the showerhead was broken. He proceeded to tell me that I needed to be careful when taking a shower that morning because I needed to manage the shower nozzle with one hand, since it broke off of the wall.
Now, we have been planning on remodeling the bathroom at the end of February because the tub and shower are over 50 years old. This old plumbing is threatening my sanity by leaking into my kitchen. A few years back, one of the past residents put on a shower with a removable showerhead and a hose attachment. This was the guilty one that my husband was talking about.
My first reaction was, “Why were you playing with the showerhead?”
“I wasn’t, I was fixing it, “ was his reaction---his normal reaction to broken household objects that he was fiddling with in the morning.
Later that morning, I found out firsthand about the broken showerhead. But, I was going to prove him wrong. I managed to put the broken nozzle on the shampoo caddy to keep it upright. I amazed myself at my creativity.
“This won’t be as bad as what he said. I just solved my problem!” I smiled to myself.
But, I was shocked at the power that the water had coming out of the broken nozzle. It hit the back wall with such force that parts of tile chipped off into the tub.
“Ughhh,” I shouted. My oldest son came running in, leaving out all of the warm air in the bathroom, and proclaiming in his high-pitched voice, “Are you alright, are you alright, are you alright,…” ad nauseum.
“Yes, yes, yes,” I hissed, “Your father and his playing around with the showerhead!”
I finally got the water under control and the flood cleaned up off the floor. After I got the kids situated in front of the TV again, I continued on with my shower, holding the nozzle with one hand, while trying to wash with my other hand. I don’t think I am that coordinated.
Later that night, my husband being ever so motivated by this new house project, while the playroom project in the basement has being lying dormant for about four weeks, bought himself a new showerhead.
After two trips to Wal-Mart and a lot of banging around in the bathroom, we had a brand new Waterpik showerhead. There were three different settings for how the water flowed out of it, promising many massage-like showers every time you turned it on.
My husband came into our room the next morning and announced that the showerhead was working great. But, I needed to be careful because the showerhead can’t be maneuvered past the point where he had it, or it would break again.
“Oh great!” I thought, “so much for solving this household problem.”
Later that morning, when I finally got the natives interested in Veggie Tales, I went in to take my shower. Again, I got everything organized, the water at the right temperature, and, then, I turned on the shower. BAMOO! Another monsoon! The water hit the back wall and I had to arrange the shower curtain so that it covered the back of the shower. Thus, leaving an opening in the front. So, the back of the bathroom is getting flooded, while I am shivering from the draft coming in the front of the shower.
After fighting with the shower curtain, I was finally finished in the shower. Another flood to clean up… like I needed one more chore to do…and then I was on my way to the rest of the things I had to accomplish that day.
Heck with the shower---I am going to stick with tub baths from now on!
posted by wendy 4:33 PM