A funny thing happened on the way to our neighbor’s house…
A couple of years ago we were caroling in our neighborhood. Let me set the scene. It is bitterly cold…freezing. We are a group of 8.
- Two moms.
- Two dads.
- Two big kids.
- Two little kids.
- One of the dads is dressed as a reindeer and cannot see very well out of the mesh head.
- One of the moms is hyper and excitable and Wants. To. Stop. At. Every. House.
- The other mom is Me — I’m the “Let’s carol since I thought it was a good idea but now deeply regret it and why oh why is my neighbor so cheerful and enthusiastic!”
- One of the little kids keeps needing to use the bathroom — we stop and carol and then he uses the bathroom. Seriously at points I wanted to ask if we could all come inside the house and watch TV since caroling in the cold is awful.
- One of the big kids is wearing jeans a size too large…trips in to a ditch…gets up…her pants are around her ankles. She utters the now legendary phrase “I’ve fallen and I can’t pull my pants up as I am wearing mittens!” It was my kid…and you cannot write this stuff.
- At one house the occupants greet us and then proceed to stare at us, look at their watches, rub their arms, and almost close the door on us.
- One thing becomes clear, 8 people cannot sing in unison under any circumstances especially if it is cold outside. Also, the only song we know by heart is Jingle Bells…and even with this we sing off key.
- Halfway through the route, our family silently agree to go back to our house. Our cheerful neighbors try unsuccessfully to persuade us to stay.
- 30 minutes later and 20 houses later, our neighbors show up at our door. I hand them cups of cocoa and all smile!
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