The Bus Stops Here

December 23, 2008 7:00 am

It looks like my bitching about sickkidness may finally be coming to an end. Graham had a spectacular day yesterday, he ate and drank in small quantities which is a major improvement from recent days. I’ve never been so happy to see someone take a swig from a juice box.  I had tears of joy in my eyes and started squealing and clapping, I’m that lame.

Today marks our final guest post. I hope you’ve enjoyed my hilarious cast of fill-ins as much as I have, they really held down the bloggy fort while I was away. Thanks for hooking a sister up you guys!

Your final source of hilarity is HeatherPride from Riding the Short Bus. Heather and I crossed paths shortly after I started blogging and I’m so lucky we did. She is such a kind and generous person and always has something positive to say. If you’ve ever been by her place, you also know what a great storyteller she is and have probably been brought to tears from laughing too hard. Thanks for bringing up the tail end, Heather. I saved one of the bests for last!


Surprise!! It’s HeatherPride from The Short Bus here to entertain you while Casey takes the day off. One of the first Casey posts I ever read was about her changing her daughter’s diaper and getting baby poop in her eye [Casey – you should link to yourself there. That was classic, I wouldn’t mind reading it again myself! *Heather, don’t mind if I do!] and I’ve been hooked ever since. That story ranks in my 10 ten favorite blog posts of all time.

Casey didn’t leave me any rules to play by while she was out, so I’ve been pondering how I’m going to keep you guys entertained in her absence. I decided that since it’s the Holiday Season, a holiday post would be appropriate enough, so…

Every year The Radio City Rockettes put on a showstopper called The Christmas Spectacular. My mother had been dying to see this show since she was a little girl. In fact, when she was growing up she was so Rockettes crazy that she would go outside and practice her high kicking, prancing, marching, and saluting drills over and over until she barely stand up. It was her living dream to become part of that legendary Parade of the Wooden Soldiers routine. She perfected her kicks, her twirls, her head flips until they were Rockette worthy – and then the saddest thing happened. She stopped growing just one inch shy of the 5’7″ height requirement.

Although she went on to become a champion baton twirler, even her talent for simultaneously twirling two batons lit on fire could not win her the fame and glory that she dreamed of. Sadly, she eventually hung up her majorette boots and cape and slipped into the black hole of baton twirling oblivion.

While I’m sure that settling down and having me eventually made up for some of the loss, Mom never quite let go of her dream. So a couple of years ago when The Rockettes came through St. Louis to perform The Christmas Spectacular, I could not let the opportunity pass. I snatched up two third row tickets to stuff in her Christmas stocking.

When my mom opened that envelope and saw those tickets, she was even more excited than I could have hoped. Her eyes danced as she rattled off all the routines they would perform. She circled the day on the calendar and told everyone she ran into that she was going to be in the audience the day The Rockettes came to town!

It was in the middle of a family dinner with my aunt and uncle one night that she started in on the show. “…and we’re going to see the wooden soldiers dance and the doll dance and the city bus dance and we’re going to be SO CLOSE WE’LL PROBABLY EVEN BE ABLE TO SEE THE HAIR ON THE CAMEL!” she finished excitedly.

My dad choked on his water. There was silence and stunned staring at my mother while she happily inserted a forkful of mashed potatoes into her mouth and chewed blissfully.

“Well,” said my aunt, “I….don’t think I’ve ever heard it put quite like THAT before!”

“What?” Mom asked, surfacing from her Rockettes daydream.

“I don’t get it,” said my uncle, “…are you talking about all the…kicking?”

“HUH?” said Mom. “What are you talking about?” Then the lightbulb went off. “You thought I meant…. oh my goodness….I can’t believe you thought… do realize that they end the show with a live Nativity scene!!”

You know, it just goes to show you that any time you can get close enough to see the hair on the camel, it’s going to be a very good night, indeed.

Happy Holidays, Casey fans!



  1. Laufa

    That is great dinner table talk. The slips are always the best!

    Laufas last blog post..Happy Chanukah! (sorry about the un-post)

  2. Jonnny's Mommy

    First, so glad to hear Graham is doing better. Second….haaaaa! Your mom is the best and good grief..the rest of your family had their mind in the gutter didn’t they? I hope she had a blast…camel and all! 🙂

    Jonnny’s Mommys last blog post..No Mama! And a new, lasting design.

  3. DeeMarie

    BWAH HA HA HA!! Casey, the poop in the eye post was one of my favorites too.
    HP. I think I love your mom.

    DeeMaries last blog post..It’s SHOCKING!!!!

  4. Michele

    HP: ROFL, your mom is great. This is so something my mom would blurt out.

    Casey: Don’t think I’ve read the poop in the eye post. I’ll go catch up now. Glad to hear Graham is better.

    Micheles last blog post..Christmas Baking and Frugal Recipe

  5. WickedStepMom

    Yay Grahman drinking juice!!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Voices That Carry

  6. Debbie

    I’m so glad to hear that Graham is feeling better.

    The hair on the camel … that is SO gonna get used in our house!

    Debbies last blog post..My Monday Hasay Update – a Bit Early

  7. Beth

    Personally, I think she had a very fast comeback and she meant to say what she said and was originally interpreted! Way to go, Auntie! (Just kidding)

    Beths last blog post..Fair Warning to HASAY Participants

  8. HeatherPride

    I’m so glad our little Grahamburger is doing better! It’s a Christmas miracle! (or something like that)

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Celebrating 100 Down in Florida

  9. Robin

    Hair on the camel!!!! Oh. My. Gah! That’s gonna be my new euphemism from now on! It’s just too good!
    Great guest post!

    Robins last blog post..I’d Rather Go Blind… Than See This Movie Again

  10. iambellaluna

    HeatherPride you do not disappoint. Casey I’m sure you’re great. I wandered over here from Riding The Short Bus, so I’ll have to spend some time looking through your bloggy goodness!

    Happy Holidays!

    iambellalunas last blog post..Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  11. Sprite's Keeper

    Classic stealable line, HP! Casey, hope Graham continues to get better so he can rock out his Christmas presents. I saw the link you sent me. Girl, you are the hook up for the holidays!!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Thank VERIZON for Phone Based Internet!

  12. K

    Sweet – I’m tall enough to be a Rocketter.

    Great story. I’m sure you ladies had a wonderful time.

    Ks last blog post..Pay It Forward People

  13. carrie

    that is a riot! hee hee
    so gald Graham is turning the corner.

    carries last blog post..This One Is For The Baby Book!

  14. Keely

    LMAO oh, that’s classic. And I bet she knew exactly what she was talking about, she’s just brilliant at deadpan 😉

    So glad Graham is doing better!

    Keelys last blog post..I’m not taunting the search engines, honest: Random Tuesday Thoughts

  15. Krystal

    As expected – Heather delivered with great work and poise (does that fit here? if not, oh well)

    Krystals last blog post..Autism Night Before Christmas

  16. Kristy

    So glad to hear your little one is doing better! Merry Christmas!

    Kristys last blog post..Thank Goodness for Chipmunks!

  17. shonda

    Camel hair, that’s freakin’ awesome!

    shondas last blog post..Have A Corporate, Corporate Christmas

  18. phhhst

    That is such a great line, I wish that I had thought of it.

    phhhsts last blog post..Christmas Past

  19. Sandie

    Glad Graham is doing better! And I totally understand the excitement of the juice box…I was practically doing backflips when my youngest at a hamburger when she was sick last week! 🙂

    Great post, HP! Now I’m off to read how one gets poop in the eye while changing a diaper. That’s a new one for me!

    Sandies last blog post..The definition of insanity

  20. cyndi

    Yay, Graham!

    HP’s mom needs to send that to Chelsea Handler…peekachoo and kaslopis are getting a little old 😉

    Merry Christmas to all!

    cyndis last blog post..Out jumps good old Santa Claus

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