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A Parent's Night Before Christmas

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posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 05:13 PM
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For all of us who still have a long night ahead:

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
I searched for the tools to hand to my spouse.
Instructions were studied and we were inspired,
In hopes we could manage "Some Assembly Required."

The children were quiet (not asleep) in their beds,
While Dad and I faced the evening with dread:
A kitchen, two bikes, Barbie's town house to boot!
And, thanks to Grandpa, a train with a toot!

We opened the boxes, my heart skipped a beat....
Let no parts be missing or toys incomplete!
Too late for last-minute returns or replacement;
If we can't get it right, it goes into the basement!

When what to my worrying eyes should appear,
But 50 sheets of directions, concise, but not clear,
With each part numbered and every slot named,
So if we failed, only we could be blamed.

More rapid than eagles the parts then fell out,
All over the carpet they were scattered about.
"Now bolt it! Now twist it! Attach it right there!
Slide on the seats, and staple the stair!"

"Hammer the shelves, and nail to the stand."
"Honey," said hubby, "you just glued my hand."
And then in a twinkling, I knew for a fact
That all the toy dealers had indeed made a pact
To keep parents busy all Christmas Eve night
With "assembly required" till morning's first light.

We spoke not a word, but kept bent at our work,
Till our eyes, they went bleary; our fingers all hurt.
The coffee went cold and the night, it wore thin
Before we attached the last rod and last pin.

Then laying the tools away in the chest,
We fell into bed for a well-deserved rest.
But I said to my husband just before I passed out,
"This will be the best Christmas, without any doubt."

"Tomorrow we'll cheer, let the holiday ring,
And not have to run to the store for a thing!
We did it! We did it! The toys are all set
For the perfect, most perfect, Christmas, I bet!"

Though there's something to say for those self-deluded...
I'd forgotten that BATTERIES are never included!




posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 06:28 PM
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Some of the most enjoyable nights for me were Christmas Eves when my kids were little. Sneaking around, setting everything up (here in Oklahoma we tend to have everything Santa brings ready to play with in the morning - not wrapped up), drinking screwdrivers



posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 07:43 PM
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ROFL!

Oh yes, we had Christmases like that! It was much better when they got into computer stuff.



posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 08:43 PM
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LOL - yeah, the 10-year-old is easy; accessories and games for the PS2, and he's good to go. It's the 5- and 2-year-old whose toys come in about a hundred pieces....

Luckily the electric screwdriver is holding up well.



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