November 30, 2008

The Nut Cracker that Wouldn't Sing

For Christmas 2005 the kids and I bought Brent a Nutcracker. Brent is a Nutcracker fan so whenever we come across a Nutcracker that reminds us of him we get it for him for Christmas. Well this Nutcracker is pretty cool it is a Santa Nutcracker working at his work bench.

When we bought it the box said that the Nutcracker was also a music box. Well Christmas morning came and went and the Nutcracker was put away with the Christmas decorations. The next year 2006 I opened the box with the Nutcrackers in it and smiled as I pulled the Nutcracker out. I wound up the Nutcracker in order to listen to its Christmas song. But nothing happened. I wound it some more, I shook, and jiggled and did everything I could to make it play.

Soon I gave up in frustration. Maybe I was wrong maybe it didn't have a music box. Maybe I read the box wrong. Well again Christmas came and went and the Nutcracker was put away. And again the following year I pulled the Nutcracker out. I wound, twisted and jiggled and still no music. Whatever, I thought, must be broken. Well Christmas came and went and away the Nutcracker went once more.

Today we opened the Nutcracker box and began to pull them out. This year A. was helping me and he picked up what I thought was the broken music box Nutcracker. A moment later I looked up to him as he watched the Nutcracker spin around and play music.

I stared at him totally amazed. "What," he said. "Don't be mad I just wanted to listen to the music." I just continued to stare. "I didn't break it," he said.

"How did you do that?" I exclaimed

"Do what," he said.

"How did you make the music box play?"

"I don't know, I just turned it on."


A. looked up at me like I was crazy. "I just turned this switch right here."

There on the Nutcracker box was a golden wooden ball. I had just thought it was part of the Nutcracker. I never once thought it was the switch you needed to pull to play the music box.

Well it finally dawned on A. that he had figured out something that I hadn't been able to. He looked at the Nutcracker and said, "Mom this Nutcracker says 2005 you haven't figured out how to make this thing work in 3 years?"

"Go to your room, your not allowed to be smarter then your mom." Is what I wanted to say.

I just laughed and said, "You don't have to keep proving your smarter then me."

Big Sigh one Christmas I was surrounded by four little munchkins and the next they are all big and figuring out things I can't.


Scott and Stacy said...

Hilarious! Good one Andrew! :)

Race Fam said...

Don't you hate it when your kids do that, what smarties!

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Sharonda and Zaron said...

That is so classic. It sounds like my life; my kids are usually smarter than me most of the time.

Amos said...

LOL!! I love it!! I'm also glad to hear that you had a great Thanksgiving. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. I'm jealous that we weren't there. Can't wait to see you guys. I hear you are coming sometime soon. Is that right?