Monday, December 24, 2007

Twas the Night before Christmas (Batteries Not Included)

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Batteries Not Included)...

'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 parts incomplete! Too late for last minute returns or replacement; If we can't get it right, it goes in 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!" Then off to dreamland and sweet repose, I grateful went, though I suppose.
There's something to say for those self-deluded, I'd forgotten that BATTERIES are never included!~(copied)


HEWY said...

I love it!

Abby said...

leigh!!! that is so cute!! :) thanks for the dragonfly pictures! those are awesome!!!

i hope you have a fabulous christmas with your family!! :D you are a beautiful woman, and i'm glad you stumbled my way back a while too ;) thanks for all the sweet comments :)

Kalynne Pudner said...

This is terrific! Did you write it? I just put up another variation of the same, but without the same universal appeal.

Leigh said...

Thanks Hewy. Its so true.
Hi Abbey! Glad you got the shots. You are too kind. I appreciate your blog friendship.
Hi Kalynne! I am glad you stopped by to take a look around and comment. It is like getting "good mail" in the mailbox.LOL> No, I didn;t write that. I copied it. It is listed as so at the bottom of the post. I will always either credit an author if I know the name or otherwise put "copied". It was a clever little thing, I thought so. I think yours was cute too!

Abbey Road -- said...

Merry Christmas, Leigh!!!