There’s an old saying that goes something like this: If you tell children, “Don’t put peas in your ears, they’ll put peas in their ears.” Supposedly putting the idea in their heads makes them want to do it.
We never had a problem with our first three kids putting things in their ears or their noses. Our fourth child, Suzee, was another story.
When she was two, I packed raisins in her lunch all the time. Below is a note I received from her preschool teacher one day.
It reads: “Suzee put raisins up her nose today. I got all I could see and checked her through the day. I haven’t seen anymore. But please check her at home to make sure.” Signed by Ms. Anna
George and I thought it was funny, but we didn’t think she’d do it again. “Didn’t think” being the key words here. She put raisins up her nose two more times at preschool.
The third time, Ms. Gayle, the preschool director said, “Mrs. Kelley, could you please stop packing raisins in Suzee’s lunch? They keep sending her to me and it’s hard to get them out.”
Miss Gayle was very sweet about it, so of course I agreed to put an end to the raisins.
Not too long after that, while at home Suzee stuck a rubber eraser that had broken off the end of a pencil up her nostril. I tried pushing on it gently to work it out, but it didn’t help.
What to do? What to do? I wasn’t comfortable sticking tweezers up her nose.
I grabbed my purse and keys. “Looks like we need to see the doctor.”
She started wailing. “No, no, I don’t want to go to the doctor!” She cried so hard, her nose ran. Lo and behold, the eraser slid right out.
That was a lucky break. We got off easy that time. It’s funny after the fact. I’ve had plenty of laughs about this through the years and even wrote a speech for Toastmasters about it, so how cool is that?
What are your thoughts? Were you a kid who put things in your ears or nose, or do you know any kids who did? Are you always ready for something unexpected to occur? Are you familiar with Toastmasters?
I’d love to hear from you.
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