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Do Turtles Wear Deodorant?

Do Turtles Wear Deodorant?

by Gina Valley

Each night before I go to bed, I toss the load of laundry I put into the washer after dinner into the dryer.  It’s really one of those on auto-pilot “do it without thinking” kind of things.

But, for some reason, last night I guess I was Humor Funny Parenting child point of view turtles laundry deodorant  helpful  child Moms Dads Kids children Family Life lovea little more aware of what was going on around me, because I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before.

There is a bookcase along one of the walls of the hall that leads to our laundry room.  Our turtles live in an aquarium on top of the bookcase.  Last night as I raced by on my way to attempt to get closer to laundry Nirvana I noticed a stick of deodorant next to the tank.

Why is there deodorant next to the turtles’ tank? Do turtles wear deodorant?

Upon closer inspection I recognized the deodorant as belonging to Son#2.

So, I, apparently having forgotten how very unsatisfying the explanations given by children are, decided to ask Son#2 for an explanation.

Me to son#2: Why is your deodorant on the bookcase by the turtle tank?

Son#2: Because that’s closer to the dryer.

This, in his opinion, was a thorough, light-shedding explanation.  He started to head up the stairs toward his bedroom.  I wanted a bit more sun to shine on the topic.  I held onto his sweat shirt to slow his escape.

Me: Hang on a second. You have to explain that or I am going to have a stroke.

Son#2: What’s a stroke?

Me: You won’t like it. It ends with me drooling.  A lot.  Explain.

Son#2: Since it’s cold, I get up an hour early each morning and put my clothes in the dryer so they’re nice & warm when I put them on. I have to put on my deodorant after I put on my clothes so I need it close.

Me: Where do you put the clothes that are in the dryer? (note: I always put a load in the dryer before I go to bed, so there is one in the dryer every morning.)

Son#2: In the big basket.

Me: The big basket? That’s the dirty clothes hamper. It’s full of dirty laundry. Why don’t you just bring them in the house?

Son#2: I don’t have time. I have to get ready for school. That’s why I keep my deodorant there. So I’m not late for school.

Me: But, you’re coming in the house anyway.

Son#2: Well, I didn’t think of that.

To summarize:

The deodorant is next to the turtle tank so Son#2 won’t be late to school. (note: Son#2 is usually late to school anyway. Perhaps deodorant location isn’t the problem)

The unending laundry at our house is being supplemented each morning by a child who is adding a clean load to the dirty stuff.

And, if I wasn’t already too busy washing clean laundry, I think I would have a stroke today just so I could drool on that child!

Laugh Out Loud!


What confusing behavior do your family members exhibit?  Have you received a crazy explanation for seemingly simple behavior?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

10 Responses
  • Shawn Montgomery
    April 22, 2012

    I have 2 sons as well and they do things like that too. I know exactly what your talking about. But now you have a funny story to tell 🙂

    • gina
      April 22, 2012

      Aren’t they a hoot? They are such great fun!
      I’m glad you stopped by, Shawn.

  • Paula @lkg4sweetspot
    April 30, 2012

    Really funny! Don’t boys have the best explanation for stuff? My boys amuse me (and by amuse, I mean tear my hair out) on a daily basis! Ah well, they make us laugh too!

    • gina
      April 30, 2012

      They definitely keep life intereesting and me laughing! I’m so glad you stopped by. Have a great week!

  • Canadian Dad
    May 1, 2012

    Gotta say, as a man, I see no flaws in his logic. I think you’re overreacting here and need to let him continue with this course of action! 😛

    • gina
      May 1, 2012

      Well, Chris, just for you, I will let him keep his chosen deodorant location. But, I’m dropping the extra laundry off at your house! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • AlwaysARedhead
    May 3, 2012

    I hate to see your hydro bill!

    • gina
      May 4, 2012

      Oh, it’s terrible! But, I keep reminding myself it’s better than having stinky clothes!

      • Ahsanu
        June 20, 2012

        I do forget soemitems–but more often I leave the clothes in the dryer, not the washer. Our laundry room is adjacent to the kitchen, so I guess I hear the washer spinning. (When the dryer is running, I close the door to that room, so I don’t always hear the buzzer.)Generally, I try to wash one load of laundry a day. But if it’s a quiet stay-at-home day, I might do extra so I can skip a day or two.