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I recommend duct tape if you have children…lots of it!

Last week we were sitting in the train station house waiting for Sweet Bear’s school bus. It was rainy and cold. An old Swiss man walks in. We exchange bonjours. I have seen him once before. At that time he had on the same hat. It resembles a Santa’s hat but smaller and not red.

Petite Clown asks me real loud, “Mama, why does that man have on a clown hat?

She is looking right at him pointing at his head while she is asking me. The fact that she pronounces clown the French way doesn’t help.

That’s what I get for forgetting to duct tape her mouth shut before we go out into the world.

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  • antipodeesse October 11, 2007, 1:43 pm

    It’s a good tip!

    However, I would use duck tape on duck children, and duct tape on human children!

  • Pumpkin October 11, 2007, 2:58 pm

    Oh my…can you tell they were all around me with their noisy toys while I was writing this? Thank you for pointing that out.

    We have a new keyboard that is not exactly American or French…it is Swiss. But, my lovely husband wants the keys to be French..does that make sense? So, I am typing from memory of where all the French keys are and trying not to look. It isn’t so easy for me since I can type well but like visuals too.

  • Ms Mac October 11, 2007, 3:41 pm

    But I thought that Duck Tape was s specialist item to stop children quacking in your lugs. You mean it’s just plain old duct tape? Well, I have plenty of that.

  • M@ October 11, 2007, 4:15 pm

    Duck is correct. It was invented in the 1920s, but was first extensively using during WWII. Because it’s waterproof and was made using cotton duck, people started calling it “Duck Tape”. During the housing boom of the 50s people started using it to hold metal ducting together, thus the name “Duct Tape”. But then you through in that there is a Duck brand “Duct Tape” and it gets all screwy. :)

    Try painters tape. It does less damage when you rip it off later.

  • Pumpkin October 11, 2007, 8:21 pm

    M@, That’s why we are friends. :)

    Ms. Mac, I need tape that is Stinker proof because my kids are were the biggest stinkers today as of yet.

    I am exasted!

  • Torun October 12, 2007, 11:02 am

    A friend of mine had convinced her son that “we don’t speak about strangers but wait until we get home. Then we can talk about them if we still want to”. Very smart. Only, once on a full bus the little one spots a very odd looking lady and says loud and clear: “We have to talk about that strange looking lady when we get home, mommy!”

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2007, 11:10 am


    That just made me laugh so hard I spit out my coffee! :)

  • antipodeesse October 12, 2007, 2:01 pm

    Oh dear, did I come across as a supercilious know-it-all? Well that sums me up!

    I’m glad to have learned something new about industrial sticky tape in the US! Who wants to challenge me to a Trivial Pursuit tournament now?

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2007, 5:38 pm


    You didn’t come across like that at all. I thought you were being funny and I think Matt meant it as funny as well while informing us of the history.

    I love his sense of humor…that is what I meant when I said that is why he and I are friends. He really does have a great sense of humor. You might say he is witty. At least I think so.

    Honestly, I laughed as soon as I saw what you were talking about. I never even thought twice about what I was writing when I wrote duck. I do know it is duct but you know how it is when you are typing away and the loud background noise of three kids doesn’t help.

    Now, no one needs to get their feathers up! :)

  • M@ October 12, 2007, 5:46 pm

    Where’s the blushing smiley at. ;)

    Anitpodeesse, I’m just a big fan of duck/duct tape. Cause you know what they say, “If you can’t fix it, duct/duck it”. If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. :)

  • expatraveler October 13, 2007, 3:57 pm

    lol – still that was just all too funny. :)

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