"My house in an abhorrent state of untidiness! It is in desperate need of cleaning! I want to do something about the seemingly insurmountable pile of house-barf but I can't because my efforts are constantly being undermined by my active child!"
Does this sound like you? It sure sounded like me this morning. Fortunately, I know of a wondrous substance that immobilized and silenced my child for an hour-and-a-half.
And it isn't a drug.
Or a gag and straightjacket.
And it's easy to prepare.
If you're a parent with your children, I'm sure you're wondering what could possibly achieve such miraculous results. You might even be inspired to say, out loud, "What is this wondrous substance?"
Go ahead, I'll wait while you do that.
Done? OK, the mysterious substance is called...
I can hear your disappointment from here. "Playdough? I've heard of that." I'm sure you have, but you're probably thinking about the stuff that comes in little yellow containers and looks like it's been made out of toxic waste and second-hand cosmetics.
I'm talking about the good stuff. Big, heaping piles of it. It's soft, yet moldable. It has a pleasing fragrance, quite unlike the foul stench of the leading national brand of moldable dough.
Armed with her own playdough recipe, my Mum made it for us when we were young. At the time, I thought she made it as a treat for us, but now I know better. It is the ultimate tool in the parent's arsenal of child pacification.
Recently, I got the recipe from her. Here it is so you can use it to occupy your kids, too:
Meandering Michael's Mum's Playdough
1. Mix the following ingredients:
- 1/2 c. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. alum (Which should be available in the spice section of your local grocery store. If not, check at your local pharmacy.)
- 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
- food colouring
- pepperment or strawberry extract- 2 c. boiling water2. Stir until salt is dissolved.3. Add 2 c. flour.4. Mix/knead thoroughly.5. Allow to cool.6. Give to kids at table.7. Go get some housework done/breathe a sigh of relief/have a nap/engage in your favourite hobby/write a book/visit Morocco/build a spaceship8. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for the next time you need it.
Peace be with you.