Saturday, December 20, 2008

Timing is Everything

Hey Friends!
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Wanted to check in and clarify a little something about Mr. Daddy's last post...
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You might have noticed he has a penchant for the melodramatic? Mr. Daddy was in no threat of sleeping on the couch (my toes are far too cold to let him venture that distance).
The volume thing was nothing.
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What was something... was the Itty-Bit-sized fit the grown man threw when I asked him to come help me wrap gifts.
Ladies, I know I'm not the only one.
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We do the decorating, the baking, the cooking, the shopping. Carefully choosing things that we hope will truly delight the recipient. Hoping to find something personal and meaningful to them. Spending time to create the perfect sentiment.
And I'm guessing a whole lotta us do the Christmas cards singlehandedly...
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So... I asked for a bit of help.
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He was busy.
reading a book he said.
Sure hon - "great excuse". C'mon, gimme a hand, pretty pleeeease?
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After much whining and batting of eyelashes - the neanderthal (his words) shut his book, plopped next to me and grumpily grabbed the nearest roll of wrapping paper. Which by the way, is the same stinkin' never-ending roll I bought 2 years ago and just can't seem to run out of.
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After a couple of "helpful hints" - I noticed that there was two large chunks cut out of the roll with a skinny piece down the middle that was 14 feet long. The two large pieces had become 15 tiny unusable pieces, while the two gifts that were wrapped (you guessed it) weren't quite covered.
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I LOVE YOU HON.
Thanks for trying :)
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And in the afterglow of our quality wrapping time, he decided to blog that last piece. So you can imagine his frame of mind then...
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I LOVE YOU HON.
Did I mention that?
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Anyway... this is gonna be a marathon one, because I'm just now getting to the story behind the title:
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We bought Itty Bit's nephew (remember Cutie Left from the vid?) a little Thomas the Train set for Christmas. Of course Itty Bit thought it was for him and we kinda had to sneak it around.
Well... Itty Bit is no dummy. He figures "Percy" the train is in that box. So the entire time in the store, he is howling:
PERCY!
PERCY!
PERCY!
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We get to the checkout stand and the poor employee is clearly embarrassed. Think about it for a second... "Percy" might be a bit tough for a 2-year old to say. And it might sound like something else mightily inappropriate to be yelling in Krogers.
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Oh that's not all... he begins to wail:
PERCY! I want PERCY!
Hold it PERCY!
Me do it PERCY!
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By then Mr. Daddy is trying to distract Itty Bit and saying, "yeah... "PUSH IT", you're saying "PUSH IT?"
We make our red-faced exit from the store with our sad little guy.
At home - he just won't forget about the little green train.
So he comes up to Mr. Daddy and says:
Mama blue car-car. Open it PERCY. Get it PERCY. Want PERCY.
Itty Bit thinks we need to traipse out in a foot of snow to recover Percy from Mama's car. Uh-oh.
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So I finally tell the little guy, "Mama will get you Percy, we'll go to the store in a bit and get you Percy" (I only sound like a pushover in the retelling).
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Itty Bit looks me straight in the eye (remember how he talks, okay? Not quite at the full sentences stage yet), and says:
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I will pay for it.
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HUH?
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Since when does he know how the whole "exchange currency for toy" thing works?
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I was completely convinced that I totally mis-read his lips.
Until Mr. Daddy goes quiet. Then turns to me and says, "I could have sworn he just said he'd pay for it..."
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Sure 'nuf.
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He said it again to Grandma on the phone. At least he's not asking her to buy it for him.

I'm a little sad to tell him that Krogers doesn't take his currency of hugs and kisses.
Did I just say that?!?!

2 comments:

Following Him said...

Sorry Mr. Daddy...but I side with Rach and all her wonderfulness :) Thanks for putting an effort in though. Now you know the pain of wrapping!
~Elyse~

He And Me + 3 said...

I have done it all. Bought, taken pictures for the cards. Put the cards together, mailed them, wrapped, mailed out the packages...everything, so I hear ya. He will put together (sortof) the bike we got for Stunt Man. I will still help though. I stay at home though, so I do have more time, but help is always welcome. My kids say that they will pay for it too. Cracks me up. With what?
Great post. Love the picture of Itty.