1.any misfortune, mishap, or failure; fiasco: The play was so poor our whole evening was a catastrophe.
Definition from Jennie in The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White (my all-time favorite children’s book and required reading in my home):
“When you get ready to go on a picnic with your father and mother and you make peanut-butter sandwiches and jelly rolls and put them in a thermos box with bananas and apples and some raisin cookies and paper napkins and some bottles of soda pop and a few hard-boiled eggs and then you put the thermos box in your car and just as soon as you are starting out it starts to rain and your parents say there is no point in having a picnic in the rain, that’s a catastrophe.”
Definition from the Keen home last week:
“When you want to make a gumball machine and all the pieces come together and it turns out better than you expected and so you enter it at The CSI Project and it makes the TOP 10 and your are very excited…and THEN…it ends up falling victim to a very intense game of “Nerf War” and the glass bowl shatters into a million pieces and you are left with this:
Now that definitely qualifies as a catastrophe!!
I didn’t take any pictures of the mess as my son was standing in the middle of all that glass and peppermint barefoot! So I didn’t think about pictures until after we got him out of there and I assured him that although I loved my shiny red gumball machine, I loved him more!
I am now on the hunt for another large glass fishbowl. I will be going near my closest Michaels, Joann’s and Hobby Lobby on Thursday. I’m hoping one of them will have something similar. I’m glad that none of the pottery broke and the knobs just popped off.
So, I guess this will have to be a tribute to my first Mr. Gumball machine:
You were fun while it lasted, Mr. Gumball Machine…RIP!