Thursday, January 5, 2012
Careful What You Wish For
Don’t worry, I’m not going to drone on and on about what we got for Christmas this year. Besides, the Porsche doesn’t like it when we talk about him behind his back. Kidding! We didn’t get a new car, let alone a car like THAT. But, I did take the minivan through the deluxe car wash so it’s not like Santa completely forgot about me. And as we all know, sometimes you get what you wish for and sometimes you don’t. Either way, it’s just the wishing that’s fun. (Lies.)
Sometimes what you wish for happens, just maybe not the way you intended it. Like when you tell the universe you want to reach your goal weight by the New Year and you start throwing up at 4am. I wouldn’t say it was the best 24 hours of my life but still, goal weight!
Sometimes you don’t know what you wish for until you see an infomercial for it, and then suddenly you have to have it. This happened to Drew while watching TV with his buddy and they saw the commercial for the Forever Lazy. Similar to a Snuggie, the Forever Lazy is meant to keep you warm. However, true to its name it takes laziness to a whole new level above the Snuggie. For example, if you were on a road trip and had to go to the bathroom, the Snuggie would pull over and go in the bushes. The Forever Lazy, on the other hand, would simply scrounge for an empty soda can and keep driving. Now you understand? Either way, Drew was enticed by the commercial and he and his friend rolled off the couch laughing at the televised demonstration. So, you can imagine his delight when the day before Christmas this friend showed up on our doorstep with a box…. Drew was thrilled and couldn’t wait to demonstrate it himself. Here, take a look (albeit sideways - sorry, don't know how to change that on video):
Other times you’re not even looking to wish for something, you’re just wandering around the mall with a cup of hot cocoa and soaking in the atmosphere when suddenly, you round the corner and there it is. That thing you didn’t even know you wanted but now you see that your whole life has brought you here to this moment – you trace your finger along its edge, you imagine all the places it could go, you mentally design your bedroom around it, and then you leave. Because it’s too much and it’s frivolous and impractical and there are people sleeping under bridges downtown. Then, unbeknownst to you your husband goes back later and buys it for you for Christmas because he is the best boy you've ever met.
Finally, every once in a while you receive something really beautiful that’s made even more glorious when you realize the thought and effort that went into it. This year, the award goes to Samantha. She’s been taking a photography class this semester and decided to make our family a gift where she took pictures of architecture to spell out our last name, and then had it framed. This meant she used her free time to go take the pictures. It meant that she used her off period at school to hunt down the photography teacher to use the dark room. It meant she used her friend’s mom to help drive her places and get the supplies she needed, and it meant she used her own money (and quite a bit of it) to pay for matting, developing, and framing. Here’s a sneak peek, only because I don’t like to advertise my last name to the internet on account of stalkers and pedophiles or say, Child Protective Services. Suffice it to say there is an "S" in our name somewhere:
I love it, and can’t wait to hang it in the house with the InstaHang Dispenser I ordered off the internet after seeing an infomercial. I bought it with some money my parents gave me for Christmas – it was either that or Hot Booties. Tough call. Maybe next year.
Man, it’s a good thing I didn’t drone on and on about what we got. This could’ve been a doozie.