Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Elf" on a Shelf

Back in August I posted a blog about the most embarrassed one of our kids had ever made us. On that day, it was because of Owen.

Now we have one on Mason.

I must say that even though this was quite embarrassing, Mason was being completely innocent.

So the four of us went to Pottery Barn Kids and when we arrived, we were greeted by a nice sales lady who also told us that they had hidden the elf from "Elf on a Shelf" somewhere around the store. Whoever finds him receives a prize! (For those who don't know, Elf on a Shelf is a little toy elf who moves about the room/house during the Christmas season and reports back to Santa at night). We have been doing a lot of talking about elves this year since the kids really are convinced that elves are watching and are reporting back to Santa. It occurred to me that among all of our talking about them, I didn't think they had paid much attention to what an elf might look like, so I described what it was they would be hunting for. I told them this particular elf would be really little and wearing red. So off they go, searching for the little elf.

It should also be noted that all the workers at Pottery Barn Kids were wearing bright red aprons.

In addition to that, one of the workers was, yes...a midget...who was wearing red.

You can see it coming, can't you? So could Aaron as this particular sales lady began walking towards my kids.

Mason, excitedly telling Daddy, "There's a little lady wearing red!" thinking he had WON!

(Me, Monday night while hearing the story for the first time: "WHAT!! NO WAY! DID SHE HEAR HIM!?" Aaron: "YES she heard him!" "Oh My God! What did she say???")

Little lady: "Yeeaaah," her voice politely taking the tone of a bell curve.

So what does Aaron do? He walked the other way and acted like he didn't know our kids.

After Aaron told me this story I laughed until I cried because poor Mason was being innocent and had no idea! Yet I can't believe that actually happened. Aaron blames Pottery Barn Kids: "It's their fault! Why play Elf on a Shelf when you have a midget working at your store? Kids don't know the difference!!" It's true, everything we tell kids about elves fits the criteria of this nice lady, who, thankfully had a very good attitude about it all!

Maybe this is all completely politically incorrect. But it sure is funny!