January 26, 2011

Up, Up and Away in Our Beaut... POP!

There are two things as a stay at home dad I have come to learn over the past few months.  First, always have an extra pair of socks, as you never know when you are going to come across some sort of indoor play place.  Second and most important, NEVER GET YOUR KIDS A BALLOON.  Its a pretty simple rule but one that a lot of people ignore.  You see balloons do one of two things; they either float away or they pop, and what happens next is you end up with a screaming child, and we certainly don't want that.  I guess there is one other thing that a balloon does if you have one of those big mylar ones, they float to the top of your vaulted ceiling in your house and they never come down.  I think we still have one up there from when Tyler turned two (he will be 7 in July).  NOTHING GOOD CAN EVER COME FROM A BALLOON!


At a Family Fun Fest last Friday night one lady was making all kinds of balloon shapes for the kids, and while it is great to see everyone look like Unicorn or have a cute little puppy dog they can pop with a dart, this lady didn't not know what she was getting herself into.  While she must have thought she was some sort of balloon fairy, in the end she was most certainly going to be the evil ballon witch that makes every little girl and boy cry themselves to sleep.  Kids will soon find out that all balloon giraffes do not live forever.  I have seen my boys cry for hours over a lightsabre that popped, even though I was able to turn what was left into some sort of magic bird.  Of course the bird too does not last forever as he joins the many balloon creatures in the balloon heaven somewhere, or make that HELL. 


Sure balloons in the right setting can be OK.  Could you imagine the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade without them?  It just wouldn't be the same.  But alas, I would never go out and get my kid an oversized Snoopy balloon, those things take like 50 people to make sure they don't float away.  But sometimes those balloons don't make it either and I would hate to see my kids reaction to that.  OH DEER!


John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


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