Monday, December 15, 2008

A Parent's Night Before Christmas

~~Maybe this poem will be a reminder for some parents not to fall into the trap that is described at the end of this cute little limerick! Some of my long-time blog followers will remember I also posted this poem last year in the hopes that I could alleviate a little bit of holiday stress for many sleep deprived parents who pull all-nighters in order to keep up the facade about about a red-suited, jolly, fat man with flying reindeer. ~~

A Parent's Night Before Christmas

'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 "some 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 finally attached the last rod and pin.

Then laying the tools away in the chest,
We fell into bed for a well-deserved rest.
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 most wonderful Christmas to-date, I bet!"
Then off to dreamland, I gratefully went,
with all my energy most definitely spent.

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


Josie and Wayne said...

Cute poem! We'll be assembling a kitchen this year. We already made sure all the pieces are there, and I'm actually kind of excited. I can't wait until Christmas!!!

Dave and Jana said...

That's a cute poem. I remember helping my sister put together some toys for Christmas for her kids! It was a nightmare! Merry Christmas!

Stringham Family said...

I almost forgot the batteries! Thanks for the reminder! That is a cute poem. I will be heading out tomorrow to pick up batteries! Have a great Christmas!