So I'm looking through the mail today and our first Christmas catalog came. We don't get many but I like this particular company, if only because it gives one ideas on what to get for people on your list. Not that I ever order anything from the company and usually go with gift cards, but it does give me ideas.
I was thumbing through the catalog and came across a Jumbo Floor Piano Mat where kids can touch the notes on the mat and make musical notes and songs and I said "I got "B's" (son's girlfriend's little girl) Christmas present. Son happened to be in his room talking to his girlfriend on the phone and heard what I was talking about and mentioned it her. She said "thank you Betty" at which point I said "I don't think she'll be thanking me if I give "B" that gift. In fact, I'm sure the sounds are obnoxiously loud and irritating and sound nothing like real musical notes.
Then I got a touch of nostalgia of Christmases past.
My brother and his wife had their children years before we had ours and for some terrible reason (forgive me brother and sister-in-law) I had this really "mean" streak I guess because I looked for the most loudest or the most many pieces gifts for their two children. We are talking the 300 piece wooden block set, the drum set, amongst so many others. We purposefully looked for gifts like this. What was I thinking?
Brother and sister-in-law were so gracious Christmas after Christmas watching their children opening these gifts. Little did I know they were planning revenge.........
and that they were patient about such revenge.........
They didn't act immediately; no, they waited, biding their time. Our daughter came first, no problems, wonderful girly gifts. Son came next. First few years, again wonderful gifts. We thought perhaps they had forgotten. Perhaps we were out of the woods.
Until the year of son's third Christmas. We were living in Oregon at the time, they in Southern California. I'm sure they snickered the whole time they found that perfect gift. The whole time they wrapped it and put it in a box and mailed it to us.
I imagine their anticipation wondering our reaction when such gift would be opened Christmas morning. They even included batteries in the gift, already assembled.
They got us.
They got us good.
It was an electronic megaphone. It was loud, it was noisy. It changed tones with buttons pushed.
Let me say it was not loud. IT WAS REALLY LOUD.
It was not obnoxious. IT WAS REALLY OBNOXIOUS.
Yep they did themselves proud.
Yep, a few short weeks later suddenly the megaphone wasn't working........suddenly the batteries had gone dead......sadly we didn't have replacement ones right away.......sadly it sat quiet........
until we sold it at a garage sale a few months later........
Back to the catalog......I'm thinking the Jumbo Floor Piano Mat is not the best gift selection for "B".
Who knows what B's mom will find that could be obnoxiously loud as a pet toy for Koda to play with.........
so tell me, have your children ever gotten such an obnoxious type of toy from their aunts or uncles?