Summertime is always an interesting time around our house. Someone is always needing or wanting to go to the place that they are not. If they are here they want to go there, but if they are there they need to go yonder. For those of you that do not understand Southern English, yonder means to go somewhere else besides where they live.
There are beaches, and rivers, and pools to swim in. Then there is the movie theatre, the Library, the Museum, the Bowling Alley, the Skating Rink and the Park. Of course, one can not forget that all their friends are also out of school and they want to see these people if at all possible. That is between working jobs, chores, online classes, and sleeping.
Needless to say, there is a lot going on and a day where several people are home during the day all at once is a rare occasion, but we were blessed with one of those afternoons this week.
Before I go into the meat of our story, I should explain a couple of things to you for clarity’s sake. The morning that this rare occasion occured, I had accompanied Hubby to the medical doctor. After a discussion of the issue, the doctor began to discuss how important it was for Hubby to be performing self-examination for lumps as an early cancer screening. He wanted him to check regularly his neck, underarms, and testicles for any strange changes. He explained that it was as important as it is for a woman to perform a monthly self-breast exam.
So, everyone was home that afternoon, Hubby was busy outside and my Dad was napping. So, the kids pulled out a game that I really enjoy: Scategories. I am not necessarily good at it, but I enjoy it. Now, in case you are not familiar with the game here are the basics. You have a category with a set of 12 clues. There is a die with letters that must be rolled at the start. Once you have the letter. The timer is started and you have until it stops to work on your answers. Say the category is Food, and the letter is C. If the clue reads “something sweet,” your answer could be cookie. If the clue says “something in a salad,” your answer could be Chard. I think you get the basic idea. You really need unique answers to score points, because if your answers are the same as another’s then neither of you receives points.
So, we are playing along in the category Potpourri. The letter was a T, and the timer started. I am working away, answering as many as I can as fast as I can. “Something that is red”, and I answered that one lickety-split. Then I get to one that says: “something you can’t touch,” I giggled a little more aloud than I had planned and kept on working until the round was over.
So, Elyssa, my middle daughter is reading the clues and asking folks for their answers. On and on we go until we get to:”something you can’t touch.” Finally, it came my turn to answer,”Mom, something you can’t touch. What did you write down?”
“Testicles,” I said calmly, and the room erupted in gasps. Apparently, Moms are not supposed to use or even know those words. Even after I explained that it was the proper medical term and that I was the one who taught the word to them, there were a few still beside themselves.
Hubby walked through the door just in the nick of time and I said to him, “Sweetheart, will you help me with this for a minute?” He turned and looked at me and I explained my situation in a very mature fashion.
“I don’t know,” he responded instantaneously, “my doctor said for me to touch mine.” We all just roared in laughter. Some laughed with pink faces and covered mouths, but they were tickled none the less. Needless to say, it took me quite a few minutes to gain my composure.
Now there are two morals to my little weird story.
- Be careful who you play Scategories with. They may embarrass you without having a single clue.
- Be sure you are doing self-screenings in the shower at home, and report anything out of the ordinary to your doctor. You could save your own life.
If I have offended you with my words it was not my intention. My actual intention was only to answer the questions of the game. I laughed at the time because I figured no one would duplicate my answer, and I was right!
Have fun and enjoy life! Laugh often and mostly at yourself. That’s some good material there! (At least it is in my case!) Be who you were created to be: you. That wonderful, crazy, sometimes lazy, family-loving, faith-believing you.