Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Why You Should Listen Carefully To Your Children

The other day, as Sam was about to go into the shower, he called out to Polly and asked “Mummy, please can I play with the foam in the shower?” There was a plastic bottle of shower foam he liked to play with, making foam bunnies and other foam based fauna. He had to ask before using it because previous occasions had resulted in the bathroom ending up knee deep in bubbles and the bottle emptied in a single session. Polly told him to go ahead and have fun and thanked him for asking so nicely.

Sometime later Polly went into the bathroom expecting foam bunny carnage but found it spotless. Sam was sat under the shower playing with something intently. “What have you got there, darling?” she asked. Sam, grinning happily, held up Polly's mobile phone. “Sam!” she exclaimed. “What are you doing?” Sam looked up shocked and burst in to tears. “But Mummy,” he wailed. “I asked very nicely if I could.” Polly, wrong footed for a moment, paused. Foam? Phone?

Polly looked at the now water-logged communications device and forced a smile. “Yes darling, you asked very nicely. Would you like to get dry now?”

“No thank you. I haven't finished playing my game yet. Can I play with some foam now?”


  1. And how is the foam, sorry phone, now? Did Polly manage to get it dry enough to use again, or has it been sent to that great phone graveyard in the sky, along with all the other phones that have drowned???

    I managed to get a cordless phone working again after drowning it in lemonade - just opened it up, took out the battery and washed it in clean water before putting it in the airing cupboard.

    And did Sam get to play with the real foam as well?!!

  2. The phone died. It could not be revived. Sam did get to play with the foam. He used the entire bottle making an army of killer foam rodents.

  3. I am sorry a phone had to die for this excellent story, but it is priceless!

    I once accidentally ran over a mobile phone with an Oldsmobile (Don't ask. I'm talented). The camera broke, but the phone worked perfectly otherwise.

    Since that incident, I recommend LG phones for those of us that are accident and incident prone.

  4. Sorry to hear the phone did die. Since my last comment I have found the following link which may be useful for next time(!). I would still also try placing it in the airing cupboard, or other warm environment.


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