Friday, December 17, 2010

The Tree is Up, or was

"Are you sure you want the tree up today? Can't we do it tomorrow when you are less sleepy."
"How do you expect me to string the lights if you keep pushing my elbows?"
"The tree is not very steady. Can't we wait till tomorrow and get a better base?"
"Don't load all the ornaments on one side. The tree may collapse."
"The youngest in the family gets to place the star. Who's the youngest?" "Well, never mind. Papa's not helped. He can place the star."
"Stand back while I turn on the lights."

"Please don't touch...." CRASH "...the tree."

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Ann said...

It will be a funny story in 10 years time. Honestly, take it from one who knows!

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Now that is a true, honest and authentic holiday story. I'm sorry things went wrong, but trust me from those kinds of experiences, it will make your family closer.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Lovely story...

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Wonderful, Rayna.

Dorte H said...

What goes up must come down - but perhaps not so soon :D

Patricia Stoltey said...

Oh, no! I've only had that happen once, and that was because one of us (not me, of course) didn't tighten all of the screws in the holder. What a mess! I hope none of your decorations were broken.

P@ul@mi said...

i totally agree with ann on this. :)

Mary Vaughn said...

Rayna - You will speak of this every year and laugh harder each time. I know from experience.

Priya Shankar said...

SO CUTE!!!!!!!! :) I can't imagine what Xmas is like in Bombay. I've seen it in Delhi and in Chennai, but never in such a metropolitan city. Post lots of pics!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aw, but it will make a great story for the grandkids!

Grandpa said...

Lovable family story Rayna. You ( and perhaps we too) will remember this for years to come.

Btw there's a quiz over at my blog. I made reference to you too, hope you don't mind.

Jules said...

AH I'm sorry but... LOL
Try doing it with 3 dogs it ends up the same but they want to eat what falls :)

It will be a tale some day for sure.
Happy Holidays!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

slommler said...

Oh! You have all the fun!!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Ann - not sure if it would be a story- when something happens every year, it is not really story material, is it?

@ Margot- ah well, that could be the story of what happened yeasterday, or my story of Christmas traditions. Why I continue putting up a tree is beyond me.

@ Fiona - it is, isn't it?

@ Elspeth - thank you

@ Dorte - that's a very positive way of looking at it ;-)

@ Patricia - decorations are all safe- I buy only unbreakable ones, not because of the kids, but because I don't trust myself to store them properly.

@ P@ul@mi - lol

@ Mary - yes, someday, when the kids learn to behave around the tree, it would make for a good story.

@ Priya - will post up my favourite picture of X-mas in Bombay soon. But I would think it is not too different from Christmas in either Delhi or Chennai.

@ Alex - unless the grandkids inherit their genes!

@ Grandpa - thank you for the mention. And yes, with 24 hours between that and now, it is already funny.

@ Jules - dogs may just be a bit worse. Or cats!

@ SueAnn- I do, don't I? Want to watch my kids over the weekend?

Anu said...

and here I thought such things happened only over here! great to hear that i have company!!! anwyay, i rush off somewhere for xmas just to avoid that 'crash' these days! hopefully in a few years that will be better!

Ellen aka Ella said...

Memories arrive in all forms, this one will be funny, next year, when you honor your traditions! Your children are so cute~

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Anu- looking at your photographs, I would think S is the most well behaved kid ever.

@ Ellen - when they are older, I am going to take pleasure in reminding them of this every Christmas.


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