Today's funny story!
PrincessShan used to go to sleep-away camp. She went all summer, every summer, from the time she was 9 until the time she was 14. She went for 4 weeks when she was 7 and 8 and cried when the King and Queen wouldnâ€™t let her stay longer.
Anyway, when she was 12 or 13, â€œInspector Gadgetâ€ was a fad obsession among the girls in PrincessShanâ€™s bunk. The bunkmates (all fellow Princesses) sang the IG theme song so frequently during chore time in their cabin that their counselors got anticipatory eye-twitches whenever it was time to clean up.
The bunk had a â€œchore wheel,â€ which rotated every day. The girls took turns sweeping, emptying the trash, dusting, and so on.
Well, one fine day, it was PrincessShanâ€™s turn to sweep. She hated sweeping, as she found it to be beneath her royal dignity. But sweep she did.
You should know that PrincessShan has always been a bit of an attention-loving clown. True to form, she was fooling around with the broom on that fine day. She thought it would be hilarious to twirl it around her head while singing the IG theme song and kicking up her legs like a Rockette.
â€œDa-da-da-da-da-INSPECTOR-GADGET!â€ she sang, as her fellow princesses laughed. She went for a sky-high broom twirl.
â€œDa-da-da-da-dâ€”AAAAAAH!â€ The song became a shriek of fear as one of the cabinâ€™s gigantic fluorescent lights, complete with fixture and hanging device, crashed mere inches from her body. The broom had knocked it cleanly off its moorings. (The light shattered, but as the cabin was long and narrow, and this particular light was near the door, no one was hurt.)
The other princesses gaped in silence. The counselors turned puce. The front of the cabin was awash in a sea of glass silvers.
It was time for PrincessShan to learn the true meaning of cleaning up, and learn she did. Hours of sweeping will do that to a person.
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