The road to success is made of velcro

For those of you who don’t know my whole story, I am a nursing student.
I returned to school three years ago to pursue a career path I had put on hold while my children were young.

Going back to university in my forties has not been an easy road, but I was successful, and happy about my decision.

Until last March.

Last March I failed one of the required courses to graduate.
Unfortunately, having to repeat this course also means that I can’t begin my fourth year courses until May, 2012, which not only delays my entrance into the nursing profession, but also means I have to do something I’m not very good at.

Suck. It. Up.

Last night, as I was sitting in the party centre where my youngest son, Terran was having his birthday party, I had no wifi, and lots of time on my hands.

Of course, I quickly wanted to go down the path of self-pity, and explore my failure as a student, which inevitably would lead me down the path of all the other areas of my life in which I have not been successful.

So I was debating the self-pity trip, when I heard a noise.

I looked up to see this:

This is a bouncy contraption on which children can jump wearing a velcro suit, and launch themselves at the back wall, which is also made of velcro.
The child should end up stuck on the wall (preferably for extended periods of time, but I suspect the owners frown upon using the velcro wall as a babysitter).

My son was finding it difficult to cling to the wall, as demonstrated in the next few photos.

Until finally…

You might think that the moral of the story is that continued attempts eventually pay off.

Yes, that could be one moral.

Or another one could be: have velcro wall, the kids will give you long enough to thoroughly reconsider your career path.

By the time I left that place, I had contemplated becoming a vet, childcare worker (shuddup), esthetician, and runway fashion model.

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49 Responses to The road to success is made of velcro
  1. Maxwell
    September 11, 2011 | 1:03 am

    I feel the need to judge you a bit for not actually forcibly sticking your child high up on the wall.

    Babysitter be damned. That’s funny.

  2. Mama Spaghetti
    September 11, 2011 | 1:16 am

    Love it! I suppose there’s a height limit on these things, huh? So I’ll have to find another way to contain my toddler?

    Somehow, I have a hard time believing you’re not a “get back on the horse and show them who’s boss” kind of person. You’re gonna rock nursing like it’s never been rocked before!

  3. XLMIC
    September 11, 2011 | 1:55 am

    I think you should figure out a way to be a professional facebook friend. If you made everyone pay you a dollar to be their friend, you would have enough money to at least go to BlogHer… or come visit me :)

    I totally want a velcro suit and a velcro wall… you knew I’d say that, didn’t you? And wouldn’t it suck if you had a suit and a wall with the SAME kind of velcro? Like both being the furry side or both being the hooky side… man, that would super suck. Things would NEVER work out.

  4. Kristina P.
    September 11, 2011 | 2:21 am

    I don’t know if I like this whole life metaphor side of you.

  5. So. Cal. Gal
    September 11, 2011 | 2:34 am

    I can’t help but wonder if that blonde girl was getting a major wedgie.

  6. Yvonne J. Salvatierra
    September 11, 2011 | 2:55 am

    OMG! That’s totally cool! I wanna play on it!!! And look at you, getting all metaphoric and stuff! lol

  7. Alison@Mama Wants This
    September 11, 2011 | 3:44 am

    Um, I want one of those Velcro walls.

  8. Kiddothings
    September 11, 2011 | 4:20 am

    Haha! I would love one of these as a babysitter!

  9. Ruth Johnston
    September 11, 2011 | 5:32 am

    I admire you .. what you are doing is hard and takes great mental and physical strength xx

  10. Mommy's Paradise
    September 11, 2011 | 6:07 am

    I so much need this for my tot. I put the Velcro on a mattress and the whole thing on the bedroom wall and if he’s naughty, as always, I grab him and throw him on the wall for a time out. But no, I fear he would even like this and keep on doing naughty. Sigh. So I stick to the chair.

  11. Bridget
    September 11, 2011 | 6:49 am

    LOL! I wanna play on a velcro wall :p

  12. Misfit Sarah
    September 11, 2011 | 7:11 am

    LOVE: the post title, the velcro wall (I want one), learning new words (esthetician!) and the captions. Also, you’re alright.

    Sarah xxx

  13. Nicky
    September 11, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Wait…those things AREN’T babysitters?! Does that mean I have to take the kids down from there now?

    I just finished getting my marketing, management and business degrees from university. Took me 3 and 1/2 years. I’m 42. I feel your pain. You can do it, though. I mean, if *I* can….

  14. Kande
    September 11, 2011 | 7:47 am

    I am a nurse, in Canada, with a job that has normal hours and (comparatively) little stress. Yet I contemplate new career all the time, as find that jobs with low stress tend to equal boredom, while jobs with high stress tend to equal long hours and, well, stress … which then leads to not ideal parenting. Parenting is a job, and a job I do well, which I just can’t justify doing less well simply to have a fulfilling “career”. Which is not to say I am “fulfilled” via my kids – they are awesome, but there is more to me than just “Mom”. But I do hobbies which fulfill me and are easier to work around their needs. Career can wait, and if it ends up waiting forever, well I now sleep much better at night knowing my parenting is not suffering due to my career, so I am OK with that. Your career as a blogger, Mom of four, student, and body building champ seems like great balance to me! High pay doesn’t equal “career” or Mother Teresa would be in trouble ;)

  15. Mrs. Tuna
    September 11, 2011 | 8:06 am

    Oh I know, you can be the next Mother Theresa right?

  16. Leigh Powell Hines (@Hinessightblog)
    September 11, 2011 | 8:13 am

    Love your blog. Thank you so much for visiting me. So wonderful you are going back to school. I look forward to following you. Leigh

  17. SP
    September 11, 2011 | 8:40 am

    What do you want Filipinos/Filipinas do? Nursing is their thing-it is in the bible.

  18. Rita
    September 11, 2011 | 9:13 am

    I seem to remember seeing David Letterman do this on his show back when he was young. No idea that they have now made a game out of it for kids! What a hoot!

    Second-guessing in hindsight is an exhausting sport, BTW. ;)

  19. Susan, Super Earthling
    September 11, 2011 | 10:35 am

    LOVED this! What great pics to capture. I applaud your amazing grit and fortitude for returning to school at this hectic point in your life, Sandra, I truly do, but I say the hell with a nursing career.

    Focus instead on making a few home-friendly modifications to this fabulous party idea and you could become a bazillionaire overnight. Think of it…a slick infomercial for “The Ab Narc Velcro Babysitter Kit” broadcast globally, earning the praise and eternal gratitude of frantic parents all over the planet!

    I might even agree to be a celebrity spokesperson for a small cut of your first bazillion in proceeds. :D

  20. Leauxra
    September 11, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Velcro: A nanny’s best friend.

  21. Boobies
    September 11, 2011 | 10:50 am

    I’m putting one of these in my house..enough said.

    I just want to say props to you for going back to school..I have so much respect for that. You’re amazing..but you already knew that!

  22. Old School/New School Mom
    September 11, 2011 | 10:51 am

    HA HA HA! That is hilarious!

  23. Paula @ thewilyweez
    September 11, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    I want a room that is just velcro walls! I’m sorry about your class, things will work out…being patient sucks though!

  24. meleah rebeccah
    September 11, 2011 | 1:59 pm

    I totally want velcro wall to throw myself against! That looks REALLY fun!

  25. RoryBore
    September 11, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    Fess up….did ya try it? LOL

  26. Lola
    September 11, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    You didn’t fail. Having one class go badly is just a bump in the road. I know you don’t like waiting until next year to retake the class, but you have plenty to do. You have your fitness competition, four kids, and writing. I have complete faith in you. You will get through the year by entertaining your readers. Then you will take the class, outshine everyone in it because you’ve done it before, and you’ll be the world’s sexiest and fittest nurse.


  27. Jennifer
    September 11, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    I don’t want to regale you with advice or words of wisdom because let’s face it, nothing really helps. Before you know it, you’ll be in that class and kicking ass (because now you’re experienced).

    Love the title for this posting by the way… and where can I get myself a velcro wall?

  28. Linda Medrano
    September 11, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Sandra, there is not one thing you cannot do if you put your mind to it. You are a gifted and determined woman. Go after your dreams and make them yours!

  29. Coffeypot
    September 11, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    You can do all that WHEN you get your nursing degree. Finish what you start and start what you finish. Huh? That didn’t make sense…but look who said it. Anystudy, finish your nursing, then branch off into a specialty (is runway modeling a specialty?).

  30. Ami
    September 11, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    WTF is wrong with being a child care worker?
    You get to be around illness, bodily fluids, dispense medications, TLC and talk to the families of the kids.

    Pretty much like being a nurse except you don’t get paid for shit. And you don’t have to deal with asshole hospital admin.


  31. LB
    September 11, 2011 | 7:16 pm

    I need one of those velcro walls and a couple of velcro suits. Don’t give up!!! Unless you reach the age of 50 and still haven’t passed that damn test. Then, maybe you should consider the childcare gig since no one will hire your old ass as a runway model.

  32. becca
    September 11, 2011 | 7:41 pm

    i just use duct tape and rope to keep my kids in line no fancy velcro stuff..hehe

  33. Tessica
    September 11, 2011 | 8:27 pm

    Velcro walls make me metaphorical too!

  34. julianna
    September 11, 2011 | 8:31 pm

    I’d let them launch my fat ass up onto that wall, but only if when I was good and stuck, they’d let me take a nap.

  35. Jo-Anne
    September 11, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    I needed a laugh this morning thank you for that it has been a morning of reading about 9/11 which brinks up some sad feelings so a good laugh was great thank you heaps for that.

  36. Angie Uncovered
    September 11, 2011 | 9:51 pm

    Oh girl… been there. LOL Kids make an awesome distraction from the bullshit we think is so incredibly important! My kids have kept me from leaving for the Peace Corp, America’s Next Top Mom Model (doesn’t exist yet), Real Housewives of Sioux Falls (Pray to God it doesn’t ever exist), and the Army. Oh, they also kept me from giving up my writing career to just eat and drink wine all day! Your son at least looks like he had fun keeping you busy!

  37. Joanne
    September 11, 2011 | 11:45 pm

    Ok, that wall looks like laughing till ya pee-in-your-pants fun! As far as Classes are concerned; I too went back when I was older and hit a bunch of bumps along the way…I handled the stress and disapointment in a mature and constructive manner…I blamed it all on my Husband and gained about forty pounds!
    Blessings, Joanne

  38. Kimberly
    September 12, 2011 | 12:20 am

    Having just spent the day watching Trinity climb in and out of one of those bouncy castle things, I can say with complete honesty that I would’ve greatly preferred a velcro wall. Like you said. Babysitter.

    That is too funny. I think you’d do well in a vet’s office. Any mom could handle it. It’s a lot of cleaning up poop.

  39. Amanda
    September 12, 2011 | 12:56 am

    Hmmm, I wonder how much it would cost to install a velcro wall in your own home? Babysitter, stress release, and comic relief all rolled into one! Could be worth the investment…

  40. Amy's Life
    September 12, 2011 | 1:34 am

    OMG…….thats Hilarious!
    Thats pretty cool……a velcro wall! We all need one of those!
    Hang in there with your schooling. You’ll get thru it babe!

  41. Heather
    September 12, 2011 | 3:18 am

    Haha! I laughed so hard reading this. I must say I think it’s impressive for you older folks going back to college. My freshmen year I knew a few people in their 30s and older going back and I thought “good for them” because my mom has an unfinished masters degree in which she always regrets not finishing it. Keep up the good work! If things were easy in life they wouldn’t be nearly as rewarding so don’t let this class get you down. I’m a senior now and doing so much that sometimes I ask myself who I’m trying to prove by being a super woman college student. Then I realize that if I want to make it to Hollywood I have to bring my A game so all the hard work will pay off! Give it time!

  42. Patti
    September 12, 2011 | 9:24 am

    I guess that was the universe telling you to “stick to it”.

  43. Glamamom
    September 12, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Well, I’m glad you found a moment of clarity. That looks really fun btw.

  44. Ally
    September 12, 2011 | 11:06 am

    Is it wrong that I’m having visions of marketing these things to moms of small children to use to get their shower taken, the house vacuumed, etc? LOL

  45. shell
    September 12, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    OMG, those pics are hilarious. Thinking I want one for my backyard as a babysitter….

    Childcare? Um, no way, girly.

  46. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    September 12, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    DUDE! I want one of those velcro walls in my house. For a few reasons. I can stick the boys up on it EXTREMELY high when they are getting on my nerves, AND when the are out of the house, I could play on it all day. How fun would that be?

  47. Lola
    September 12, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    All I have to say is that the inventor of this velcro suit and wall is an asshat. Like I need my boys to have another reason for slamming their bodies (typically head first) into walls. It’s bad enough they put pots and pans on their heads and charge at each other like a bunch of crazed, fighting billy goats! Or when they decide that riding a bath mat down the steps like a sled might be a good idea.

  48. BusyWorkingMama
    September 12, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    OK I’ve been to a lot of jumpy placed but have never seen this. You Canadians are a wild bunch!

  49. Working Mommy
    September 16, 2011 | 12:58 am

    I’ll take runway fashion model (preferably victorias secret, but I guess anything will do) for $500,000, please!


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