Friday, May 28, 2010

“Daddy, there’s a flower in my nose.”

So, my wife left town for a few days to visit some friends in Austin. I stayed behind to man the fortress with our 6 kids ages 6, 4, 4, 2, 2, and 1 (that’s right). Saturday night we did our normal routine: read Bible stories, said our prayers, then put them in bed. About 30 minutes later I hear one of my 4y/o daughters crying. I go into her room to check on her.

She is sitting up in her bed, eyes half closed: “Daddy, there’s a flower in my nose.” I laugh a little at her funny dream and ask her, “How did a flower get in your nose?” Her: “The wand got it in there.”

Me: “So a magical nasal flower wand implanted a flower in your nose.”

Her: (confused stare)

Me: “Where is the magic wand now?”

Her: “In the drawer in the playroom.”

Me: “Let’s go back to sleep. I’ll look and see if there is a flower in your nose.”

I then preceded to do a fake nasal flower extraction when I noticed that her nose was red and bleeding a little.

Crap. Surely there isn’t actually a flower in her nose, right? I take her into the bathroom to look with a flashlight. Sure enough, at the very back of her nasal passage I could see the edge of something shiny. NOOOOOOO!

Me: “Did you shove a flower wand up your nose?!”

Her: “Yes.”

Me: “WHY?”

Her: “I don’t know.”

After numerous attempts at nose blowing, I figure that my best option is to attempt to extract this shiny object with some tweezers. Otherwise, I would likely be waking all of the kids and loading them up for a fun-filled adventure to the emergency room. No tweezers to be found. So, I head to the neighbors to ask if I can borrow some tweezers—not a cup of sugar or some eggs—no, no…a pair of tweezers to pluck a flower out of my daughter’s nose. After successfully borrowing tweezers I attempt to get the flower. No luck. It is too far back in there.

I then carry my daughter with me to the neighbor’s to see if they can watch the kids while I am at the ER. We decide to take one last stab at it. The three of us stood there—one of us with a flashlight, one holding the nose open, and one of us weilding the tweezers—playing a disturbing real life version of the game Operation.

Finally, my daugher is able to blow her nose enough to move the object into tweezer range. I pull out a shiny metallic flower a little larger than the head of an eraser. There was much rejoicing.

The moral of the story: Avoid magical-nasal-flower-wands at all costs. They are horrible toys.


  1. Never a dull moment at the Wood home. You will have to add MD to your resume!!

  2. Too funny!! I am sure she will not be putting things in her nose again!