There’s Banana In My Ear! {A Cautionary Tale}

Sometimes the long days of summer stretch out and are too long. During one of those long summer afternoons, I agreed to let Emmy give me a facial. One of her favorite books is Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! It’s Beauty Day! In the book, Nancy gives her not-so-fancy mom a spa day for her birthday. Included in the book is a recipe for a banana honey facial.

Fancy Nancy Beauty Day

So we mashed up the banana and mixed in some honey, and Voila! We had a facial! Nancy’s mom reclined on a lounge chair outside, but I chose to lie down on the kitchen floor with a towel under my head. Lily placed two cucumber slices on my eyes, and then the girls gooped the banana mask on my face a little too eagerly. Gobs of banana dripped down my cheeks toward my ears. I was supposed to leave the mask on for ten minutes.

I held out for six loooong minutes.

When I got up, I had banana in my hair and in my ears. Fortunately, I had already planned on taking a shower after my facial. Unfortunately, the shower did not rinse the banana out of my right ear.

Then I did a very bad thing.

I used a Q-tip.

As I was twirling the Q-tip in my ear, I felt the banana go further into my ear. And then, I couldn’t hear very well. My ear was so completely clogged that I was like Ernie from Sesame Street when he had an actual banana in his ear. Unlike Ernie, my clogged ear was driving me completely batty!

I tried putting a little rubbing alcohol in my ear, which helps to get water out after swimming. No luck.

I tried a little hydrogen peroxide, and could hear the fizzing behind the banana for at least half an hour. It did nothing.

I bought an ear syringe to try to wash the banana out. Nope. Wasn’t gonna budge the banana.

The next day, I finally caved in and made an appointment at a Walgreen’s clinic. And when I got there, I told the truth.

My daughters gave me a facial and I think I have some banana in my ear.

Boy, did I feel silly.

The nurse practitioner had the right tool, however, and she pumped and pumped and pumped water into my ear until I felt dizzy. Out fell a blob (which did not look like banana, but I knew it was) and the relief was so immediate I just about cried. The nurse suggested that next time I should put some cotton in my ears.

Ha. There won’t be a next time.


P.S. Wait! Don’t stop reading yet! I know you’re wondering about how the banana face mask worked. It actually made my skin feel very soft, and I may use it again…without my assistants’ help.


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21 Replies to “There’s Banana In My Ear! {A Cautionary Tale}”

  1. Ok, I nearly fell over reading this and you know my girls love Fancy Nancy. I totally would have let them do this to me too and now you got me thinking otherwise, because I don’t think I could deal with having banana stuck in my ear and not being able to hear. The year before I had Emma, I was so sick and my ears got clogged. I remember for about a week it being torture that I couldn’t hear. So, I admit I hope to never go through that again, but still I love how you let Emmy give you a facial. Very cute story and thank you for the warning here šŸ™‚
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  2. This post was funny and also heartwarming. You are a sweet mom and your girls must cherish you very much. I can imagine having banana stuck in your ear was terribly annoying. I had water in my ear for over week and it drove me crazy!
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  3. Did you have alligators in your kitchen? Because if not, the banana sure helped!

    I remember a guy from work who used q-tips to clean his ears and left most of the cotton wool in! The first time he was mortified, the second time he didn’t believe us for an hour!
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  4. My girls love Fancy Nancy. My girls have not tried the facial recipe, but love to twirl my curls like the main character’s hair. I usually end up with lots of knots and hubby cutting out hair ties.

    Glad to “hear” your ear is better. Sorry had to stick in that pun.
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