Sunday, August 26, 2012

There's an Alligator in My Sink


I wish I was kidding, but there's an alligator in my sink.  Those of you with younger children may know of the animals that come in eggs, to be soaked in water until they grow large.  What you may also know is that those animals with large chunks of time begin to diminish in size.

Today while I was working on an assignment for pay (gotta pay those student loans somehow), my toddler decided to make a 'sea' in the kitchen.  He got a big metal bowl, his rubber dolphin, some plastic seaweed, a roll of paper towels (cough) and the alligator that was aforementioned.  I knew when he was gathering his items and describing his intentions that it was a bad idea to let him proceed.  But I was distracted...and he knew I was distracted so he happily carried on with his oceanic imaginative play.

When it was time to make lunch, I let him show me his creation (the paper towels incidentally were for shredding to create fish food, but dually served to clean up water spills and were spread out all over the table and floor).  As I began clean-up I put the drenched paper towel mess in the garbage, wiped up the remaining water, took out the ocean creatures (or so I thought) and tossed the bowl of then-murky paper-towel water into the sink.  It only took a second after dumping the bowl to realize the alligator was in there and had gone down the garbage disposal.  Uh oh.  Perhaps if I would have told my son that alligators don't thrive in salt water this would have never happened...

Of course my son came looking for his alligator, Murphy's Law dictated that he would, and I had to tell him the sordid tale of how his alligator was never coming home.  I tried to put a big plastic spoon down there for a recovery effort, and I viciously tried a large metal grilling fork too (you know that alligator skin is not so tough on those things), but both attempts were to no avail.

Alli's been around awhile, so even though he was once half the size of netbook, he is now about the size of a clementine...which is still pretty big for a garbage disposal.  I haven't turned the disposal on yet, so there could still be hope.  I'm about to consult with my husband on it, but to tell you the truth, for all the trouble getting into that thing might create, I'm finding myself prone on letting Alli be ground into garbage disposal stew.  A shocking thing for a parent to confess, I know... but there you have it, folks.  Thank goodness, Flipper made it out alive.


 

22 comments:

  1. Great opportunity to teach your child about the cycle of life. It's no fun but perhaps God created this opportunity for you. Hang in there, Mom!

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  2. The stage when kids are being so creative...hard to know what they'll do next! Glad to hear everyone survived...

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  3. Poor Alli... all good things must come to an end, it seems...
    Yes, it's a great way to teach your kid about life and death. What animal will it be, next time? ;)

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  4. Aww... poor alligator. However it was a really good teachable moment for your child.

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  5. I have to admit that I would have freaked out, I had to get my husband to fetch a large, horrible insect out of the sink yesterday! I hope Alli makes it out ok!

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  6. Poor thing. :( I feel sorry for your son. Hope Ali survives this! :)

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  7. LOL! I would have let it be ground as well if I gave it a good, honest try and couldn't reach it. I agree with everyone. . . it makes a good teaching point.

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  8. Oh I don't know what I would have done.... half of me says "turn it on and let it grind" (it's an alligator!) But the other half of me would have taken apart the disposal. I think that half of me would have won. I guess it teaches the cycle of life.

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  9. Haha! Gotta love toddlers! Reminds me of the time we had a cell phone flushed down the toilet!

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    1. My TEEN did that when he borrowed my phone once...and he'd borrowed mine because he lost his, lol. *sigh* :)

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  10. My hubby and I often wonder what we did for entertainment before we had our kids. This is so funny and tragic. Poor Allie.

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  11. I think the plummers bill might make you regret trying to murder the alligator.

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  12. Funny! So, how did you finally resolve it? Hmmm???

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    1. He's still in the garbage disposal. Hubby was supposed to give it a whirl (no pun intended, lol) last night but fell asleep instead. When he gets home from work maybe he'll look at it. We have guests coming over for a b/day party though...so I BET we forget. I'm glad I blogged about it, it helps to remind me. :)

      I'm wondering what kind of condition he'll be in if we do get him out, ew. We might just get him to save stress on the g/disposal and see how it goes from there... ;)

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  13. Hopefully he doesn't expand from all the moisture...you may have an alligator head starting to peek out of the garbage disposer...

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    1. bwuahahahah, I thought of that tonight when I started the dishes.

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  14. Oh my god. I dread the day when I am dealing with this sort of situation with my son.

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  15. I've had a few. I think it's amazing how much they will want that toy, even if they didn't really like it or play with it before.

    Flipper swam out :)

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  16. Great story! Although you came out with a teachable moment, as a mom it is a cautionary tale about being overzealous in cleaning up!

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  17. Rosey! This is absolutely CRAZY!! I may be confessing just as you, however I'd probably call animal control or my husband or both... side story ... When my husband and I were first married I accidently killed a bee and he actually got mad at me! Oh brother! lol!! Yes we actually got into a fight over the dead bee that was causing a ruckus because my silly sister in law would not stop shrieking and it was completely annoying! Grace, peace and blessings, Carla

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