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You Want Me To Shave What?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sometimes watching my life unfold is like being in the audience of a dinner theater only without the stale cigarette smoke and cheap booze. The day we were waiting for Baby Diva to make her grand appearance still has me shaking my head and wondering how this family came to be and why Jerry Springer hasn't yet called.

I was sitting in the corner of the hospital room asking myself what the medical staff must be thinking whenever they entered the room. There were seven of us waiting in the small room that day. Jakob was sitting on a window seat where he had a perfect view of incoming ambulances and helicopters. He was giving us blow by blow details of the injuries he saw and just what he thought had caused those injuries. In between arriving trauma patients he was frantically trying to beat his pokemon game or messing with his Papa.

Papa however spent a good deal of his time lying back playing poker games on his blackberry. He did stop for awhile to feed Karli. It's funny but I never had realized until then that all use of a pregnant woman's arms stopped while sitting in a hospital bed. So dad fed her, in between taking bites of her food for himself.

Michael was sitting with his computer laughing hysterically watching Abbot and Costello clips and trading off with Justin who was playing computer games and uttering the more than occaisional expletive.

Michelle was sitting in another corner. She was on her computer trying not to let Jeff know she had "misplaced" the scope of work and our bid on a major contract we were getting ready to sign. In sign language, when Jeff was turned around, she was trying to get me to email her the documents she needed to finish her job and close the deal. That was until Karli asked the question that would test all bounds of friendship and sisterhood, "Michelle, will you shave my armpits?"

At that moment poker stopped, computer games stopped, Jake's head jerked out of the window and I turned on the video camera. After all, this would never happen again. It was a once in a lifetime moment and I wasn't just going to let Anna-Grace hear stories, she was going to see all of the shocking details in vivid color.

What could Michelle say? Do you ever say no to someone that's about to have a pre-term, 27 week baby? Well evidently not since her father was spoon feeding his soon to be 26 year old daughter. Michelle was trapped. There was no out. She was going to have to perform and everyone was watching.

Michelle, always the dutiful sister, found a basin and filled it with warm water. She gathered the rest of her supplies: Justin's razor, hospital soap and paper towels. She sat on Karli's right side and dipped the paper towels in the warm water. Karli wriggled her, now usable, arms out of the hospital gown.

Michelle began to wipe Karli's several day old, non-showered, unshaven armpits with the dampened paper towels. Karli screeched "you could have warmed the water!" While they were squabbling over the temperature of the water everyone else sat open jawed and staring at the spectacle. When Michelle completed her task on the one pit and began to move to the other side of the bed, Karli asked "Aren't you going to dry it?"

Ok, so where's the hidden camera, where's Alan Funt? Michelle got a dry towel and carefully wiped her sisters freshly shaved underarm. She thought her task was finished after shaving and drying the other side. That was when Karli asked her to apply deodorant to her baby smooth skin.

On one hand I was thinking how sweet it was for Michelle to help her sister and that Karli felt comfortable enough to ask, on the other hand I was thinking "EEEWWWWW, these chicks are frrreaks and they're MY daughters." I guess we either did something very right, or very wrong as parents.

After the excitement died down and everyone returned to their entertainment of choice, Karli had a couple more requests. One, if her dad could help her change into another gown and two, while he was doing that if Michelle could wipe her, Karli's, bottom. Not sure why and I wasn't going to find out, I was banishing myself from the room just as I had banished a doctor and nurse earlier in the day. Maybe they would accept my apology and, for a short time, I could hang with some people that were outside of my circle of freaks.

Watching all of this from the corner made the entire afternoon surreal. It was like a wacky experimental play with audience participation and was certainly a day for the family history books.


Anonymous,  October 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

That's Hilarious!! I love all of my sisters, but I just don't know if that would be happening! Haha!

Christy October 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

Ah the stories the grandkids will be able to listen to.

Copyboy October 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

I say you did something right. That goes above and beyond a sister's required responsibilities.

The Bipolar Diva October 13, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

Copyboy~yes it does! Poor girl, her mom would never had done that, well maybe.

Ladii October 13, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

Lol Ive painted mysisters nails and i laughed at her fugly pinky toe nail lol and when she had surgery for her breast implants I would bring her food and then make her laugh wich of course cased more pain LOL! but yea shes shit out f luck if she wants me to shave her or wipe her in any way!

My Mom Just came home telling me she bathed my grandma (who broke her leg and cant walk) and I was Like eww i dont wanna see wrinkly skin she ssaid if i was hurt you wouldnt do that i laughed and said I LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO PAY SOME ONE TO DO IT!

My cousin would def do something like that shes a Nurse!

Classic NYer October 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

Wow... that's a lot of togetherness...

Monkey Man October 13, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

Not sure what is more rediculous - the request to shave airpits or that I actually hit play on your video and watched 15 seconds. Now I question myself.

Dutchess October 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

Wow, Karli owes her big time. Like a lifetime of favors, even.

However, I hope I've raised my 2 daughters to love each other enough to shave the other one's armpits, should it ever become necessary.

Now, where is the bus that takes me to the Springer show?

jenn October 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

that's awesome. and you posted the video, too! crazy!

Dazee Dreamer October 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

fuck i would never ever do that for my sisters. my cousin maybe, but not my sisters. yikes.

corndog October 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

I thought the story was sweet and funny and then I got to the end and saw you have VIDEO too. Makes me wish I had a sister who would do that for me.

Anonymous,  October 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

Hmmm... the title of you post was leading me to believe that the shaving was going to be going on somewhere else

Pat October 13, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

That is sisterly love. I'd do it for my sisters. Now, if she's ask me to shave her pubic area, that would definitely be a "NO!"

Free2bMommy October 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

This is soooo classic "Diva" of you! hahahaha!! I have been MIA, so Im sorry I have not been able to stalk you. Im back now, so consider yourself warned!! Muuuahahahaha!!!


Liz Mays October 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

I honestly don't even know where to take this comment!

But the bottom line is that their connection is so sincere, so deep, so real. Otherwise an atrocity like that could never have happened. ;)

Cheeseboy October 14, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

Our family members are always the biggest freaks. I think that is why we love them so much.

Rob-bear October 15, 2010 at 6:43 AM  

Families are such interesting and peculiar creatures.

Sanity not required.

Holly October 18, 2010 at 7:43 AM  

LOL!! I think what gets me MORE is that she let you record it! Well, she probably felt MUCH better not being so self conscious about that with the hospital staff. ;D Sisterly LOVE!! Gotta' LOVE it! <3

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