Cotton Candy Caper

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Baby misunderstands the purpose of cotton candy.

Submitted: April 04, 2007

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Submitted: April 04, 2007



My family and I live in an old house trailer in Vaiden, Mississippi. We enjoy living in the South because of life’s relaxed pace here.

When my daughter Tiffany was two years old, I noticed that she was having problems with her ears. She couldn’t hear me properly unless there was no artificial noise in the room. (By "artificial noise", I’m referring to television, radio, and anything else that may divert her attention from me.) To get her attention, her eyes had to be focused on me. I noticed as well that she watched my lips carefully as I spoke to her. If she turned her head, many times she misheard was I was telling her.

I took her to an ear, nose and throat specialist in nearby Greenwood. He put her through a battery of hearing tests, and then examined the inside of her ears. The doctor determined that she needed surgery to release fluid that had built up behind her eardrum. He assured us that putting tubes in a baby’s ears is a common procedure and quite safe. He scheduled the surgery for three days from the time of the visit.

The surgery was very fast. It only took about ten minutes, or five minutes per ear. Other than a bloody discharge coming out of her ears the next morning, Tiffy experienced no side effects. As she healed, her hearing also improved radically.

The doctor warned us not to allow water inside Tiffy’s ears for one year. When I bathed her or when she went swimming, I had to take a cotton ball, pull a small piece off of it, rub it in Vaseline to make it waterproof, and tuck it inside her ear canal.

As we were leaving Wal Mart one afternoon, we noticed a lady in the parking lot. She was selling cotton candy. I decided to share a bagful with my oldest daughter Ariana, who was seven years old at the time. We pulled over and bought a bag. I pulled out half of the candy and handed it to Ariana, who was sitting in the backseat. My husband held my bag for me as I drove.

On the way home, I suggested to Ariana that she give a small amount of cotton candy to Tiffy. The baby had never tried it before, and cotton candy is one of the joys of life!

Ariana pulled off a small piece of the fluffy stuff and handed it to Tiffy. I expected some kind of comment from her on the way home, but she stayed quiet. She seemed unimpressed with the candy.

We reached home and Tiffy asked me to put a ponytail in her long hair before she went outside to play. I positioned her in front of me, pulled her hair back with the brush... and pulled two large wads of strawberry cotton candy out of Tiffy’s ears!

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