I ruined Emma’s day Friday.
As she does every school morning, our 14-year-old daughter brought the clothes she wanted to wear into our bedroom where we keep an ironing board and an iron. If you’re wondering why we keep an ironing board and an iron in our bedroom, I have one thing to say: “DUH! That’s where we keep our clothes.”
My wife and I aren’t exactly the type of people who iron our clothes ahead of time. We are more the “wait until we actually need to wear something to iron it” type.
When Emma brings her clothes into our room she always says, “Here are my clothes.” I then say something to Emma to let her know that I’m awake and then I go back to sleep. I can do this because for Emma, getting ready for school is a big deal and she gets up much earlier than I do. Emma does this so she will have plenty of time to get ready. Emma spends two hours alone, doing whatever she does to her hair.
What Emma doesn’t do is spend much time in the morning deciding what to wear. That’s because Emma plans out her wardrobe weeks, sometimes years in advance. This may be an exaggeration, but I think Emma knows what she is going to wear on her first day of college.
After I sleep for a little while longer, I finally get up and begin to iron Emma’s clothes. Yes, that’s right, I iron Emma’s clothes.
Note to judges: Please mail the Father of Year trophy directly to my house.
On Friday morning, as I began to iron the shirt Emma had picked to wear, I noticed a stain that for some reason did not come out when the shirt was washed. I thought about not saying anything and letting Emma wear the top with the stain, but then I realized that if Emma found out that she went to school with a stain on her shirt she might have to drop out of school.
Since I didn’t want that to happen, I took the shirt to the bathroom where Emma was doing something to her hair and showed her the stain.
That’s when Emma’s world collapsed.
The shirt that Emma planned to wear Friday had, I think, red and white stripes. The white stripes were important to Emma because Emma planned to wear a pair of white pants.
Emma didn’t pick the red-and-white shirt to wear with the white pants by accident. She spent hours matching that particular shirt with those white pants. Pyramids were built in less time than it took Emma to pick out that red-and-white shirt to go with her white pants.
So, when I showed Emma the stain on the shirt she said, “OH NO!!!” She then ran out of the bathroom toward her clothes closet in her bedroom. While I stood in the hallway I could hear Emma frantically searching for a replacement top and muttering to herself.
Finally, Emma came back into the hallway carrying some sort of blue top and a sweater with white trim. I started to take the top and sweater from Emma, but she pulled them back.
“Hold up the pants,” she said.
“What?” I said.
Emma sighed and grabbed the pants out of my hands and held them up to the blue top and sweater with the white trim and studied them intently. Then she stepped back and held the clothes directly up to the hallway light.
Then she said, “This will have to do,” and handed the clothes back to me.
I took the clothes into our bedroom and made a mental note to teach Emma how to iron.
Do you have an idea for Mike Pound’s column? Call him at 417-623-3480, ext. 7259, or email him at email@example.com.
I ruined Emma’s day Friday.
- Local News
Families, friends invited to honor veterans with flags this weekend
Small lengths of plastic pipe have been installed behind the headstones of veterans graves in Joplin cemeteries so that every veteran will have a flag on Memorial Day.
Events, activities planned to honor veterans Monday
No ceremonies are planned at Joplin cemeteries this year or at Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City, but a number of other events are scheduled in cities around the region.
Oklahoma gets far more than its share of disasters
Many states get hit frequently with tornadoes and other natural catastrophes, but Oklahoma is Disaster Central.
Sheriff’s funds to pay for two building projects
Jasper County’s general fund budget may pay some initial costs for renovating and constructing two county buildings, but the final bill for the projects will come from law enforcement sales tax funds.
Joplin Board of Education to decide fate of East Middle School teacher
After hearing nearly 10 hours of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses and accepting more than 45 exhibits into evidence, members of the Joplin Board of Education voted to move behind closed doors Thursday night to decide whether Randy Turner, a communication arts teacher at East Middle School, will continue to teach.
Memorial Day travelers bemoan high gas prices
Norm Hayward and his wife, Claudia, have a couple of things going for them as they continue their increasingly expensive motor home trip around parts of the United States. For starters, the Phoenix, Ariz., couple are saving on hotel costs.
Cunningham Park vandalism estimated at $4,000
Vandals caused an estimated $4,000 worth of damage in Cunningham Park, draining the pool in the aquatic center of about 200,000 gallons of water and throwing some large landscaping rocks into the reflecting pond.
No charges to be filed in Joplin shooting case
The nonfatal shooting of a 25-year-old man at a Joplin residence on May 13 has been deemed justified by authorities. Jacob B. Boykin, 21, of Joplin, shot Justin S. Johnson, 25, of Carterville, once in the chest with a small-caliber handgun at 5260 E. Sunny Acres Lane.
Joplin team drove through storm to get to Moore
It was a long drive in the middle of a severe thunderstorm that had earlier produced a massive tornado in Moore, Okla. With the two-year anniversary of Joplin’s deadly twister approaching on Wednesday, a team of 14 Joplin emergency workers was ready to risk the trip in order to get help to a hurting Moore.
Mike Pound: DVD smells like pizza; how great is that?
Just when I think the rest of the world is passing us by, this great country does something that renews my faith in innovation. It does something that renews my faith in that can-do spirit that led Charles Lindbergh to fly nonstop across the Atlantic, thus leading to the invention of the airplane bathroom.
- More Local News Headlines
- Families, friends invited to honor veterans with flags this weekend