Sunday, 31 July 2011

Social Etiquette - Part 1

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We had friends stop by over the weekend. It is always a treat to have unplanned visitors, we live so far from everyone that we are rarely the target of a 'pop in'.

They are the very best kind of friends. Easy to like and easy to get along with. Our kids and theirs are all BFFs and we manage to have a remarkably stress-free time with them, despite the seven kids, seven and under between us.

So when they called and said they were in the neighbourhood and it was 5:15pm, it never occurred to me to be fussed about what to feed them. We were just rummaging up something for dinner for us, so I just threw in a few extra veggies and a couple of chicken breasts and away we went.

Our kids were having a 'movie night' anyway, so theirs just mucked in.

We were then bathing our children, so we just decided to bath them all together.

You can imagine my horror when I went into the bathroom to rescue my friend who was wrangling a one, two and three year old in there on his own when I discovered that he was washing his daughter's face with the very cloth I had used to clean the toilet that afternoon! Egad! (Why it was still there I have no idea except that I am pretty easily distracted)

I quickly grabbed him a more suitable aka clean flannel from the linen press and held my tongue. What does one say???

So, if you know me and have bathed your children at our place, this has NEVER happened before. I promise. I have been feeling terrible ever since. Dreadful in fact. Should I have spilled the beans? or is it best we just don't go there?

28 comments:

Kiwiwelshbird said...

Brilliant! Don't say a word - unless of course they or their mates read your blog.

georgi hampton said...

I actually giggled. i admire you for posting this! i think that some things are best left unsaid and this might be one of them .. reminds me of a time we were going to a potluck as a family and we were taking a pudding that was kind of like a sponge pudding with a sauce underneath. somehow in getting all four of us kids out of the car (i would've been about 12 so the others would've been 9, 5 and a baby) someone ended up sticking their elbow in the pudding. totally by accident but it looked pretty weird with a hole in it, so we stirred it a little and 'made do' . we got so many comments on what a delicious dessert it was. it was the first time i was really old enough to share a joke with my parents. we didn't mention why it was 'different' .. x

Lizeylou said...

I once saw something on tv that said that often our toilet is cleaner than our kitchen sponge .. so lets just say it is much better that he used that cloth!!
Apparently we clean our toilets more often than we change kitchen sponges - Hope that makes you feel better.
Oh and dont tell them just incase!

therhythmmethod said...

Eeek! I think I would have said something, although I can totally see why you didn't ... why compromise such a perfect explosion of families?
Very brave admission MM. I can think of no better place to 'out' yourself than on a blog. x

Melissa said...

Lol - do they read your blog? :D Thanks for the giggle.

Photographer Mum said...

Oh dear...awkward...lol

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

OMG. I hope they don't read your blog! Of course, it never really happened... right?

Lisa said...

Too funny! (although maybe not for your friend LOL) I reckon keep it to yourself (and us!) What benefit would there be in telling them, it's too late to change anything. It's probably best that they don't know.

Bungalowgirl said...

I think never ever speak of this one. Besides you strike me as someone who probably has a very clean toilet. melx

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh my! Just don't go there. No harm, no foul, as they say. When you think about all the filthy things kids get themselves into and all over them, it's really not that bad... and surely your friend had given it a bit of rinse before hand anyway. Surely!? ;o)

Mum on the Run said...

Ba ha ha!!! Thank you for the chuckle. No harm done, right?!
:-)

Charis said...

Ha ha! What you don't know dosen't hurt as they say ;)

Andrea said...

Wow!! I have to say I cringed when I read that!! Maybe threw up in my mouth a little!! Totally not your fault...who uses a dirty wash cloth laying around to wash their childs face?!?! :):) I say some things are better unsaid. I would rather not know. I can't get the picture out of my head of your face when you realized what he was using!

Modern Love.x said...

Oh dear, how unfortunate!! The moments gone now, if it didn't slip out at the time... keep schtum. Unless the child gets sick in which case pipe up.

But still.
Quite a funny story.

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

As the others said, it is best to keep quiet. The deed was done and it couldn't be undone.

You did well. Being a total drama queen and completely tactless myself, I would have ripped the cloth out of his hand and run around the bathroom squawking like a chicken, making him feel stupid and making the child think she was going to die of some horrible and incurable disease.

Miss Pink said...

If it was me using the loo cloth i'd say fess up. I'd have a good chuckle at it. I'm sure my kids have eaten worse in their lives, so they'd be alright.
But I do agree with others, just leave it. Some things are better left unsaid.
I'd still be laughing for a few weeks every time I walked in the bathroom though.

Megan Blandford said...

Hilarious! I don't think I could have said anything either!

Kymmie said...

Oh, so FUNNY! I think you should leave it for a funny moment... in say, er, 10 years or so. Or just wait and announce it at their 21st.

That's always a winner. x

Eloise said...

ummm, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger hahahaha. Im a big believer in germs being okay - although ecoli might be pushing it a bit far!

tinsenpup said...

Oh no, that's just truly hideous. If it were me, I think I'd just rather not know.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I can't believe you got THIS one out again??? I'm still shuddering at the thought.

Veronica @ Mixed Gems said...

Oh my! I'd probably spend all night biting my tongue and worrying about it. I gather there were no ill-effects from the experience.

Marcy said...

ewww. I probably wouldn't have said anything--I would probably have frozen up. Would he see it on your blog, though?!

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

Sad to say something like this happened on big brother - sad because I know this, they were washing the dishes with the same cloth used to clean the toilet. I would say nothing. I do have this problem in our house - you want to recycle the old flannels for cleaning but I hate to think they'll work their way back into use. Have had to make the odd retrieval of manky flannel from draw.

Kamika said...

Oh my! I would have held my tongue too! But that was a funny mental picture of you walking it to see that

Ms Kate said...

Oh I had to laugh, but don't think it would be so funny if it had be me! Maybe just chalk it up to experience, and don't leave it out again.

Tat @ Mum in search said...

What's done is done... I think you can tell them now and have a laugh. If nothing has happened after all this time, then your cloth must have been perfectly safe ;)

InkPaperPen said...

Oh, that is brilliant. Not the whole toilet cloth on the kid's face thing but this post made me laugh and laugh.

You don't need to come clean on this one. Some things are best not said

x

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