It has begun. The week of Thanksgiving, my third grader presented her three-year-old sister with a hand-wrapped gift, the contents of which were completely unknown to me. And I knew that for the next month, various members of the family would be intermittently receiving bulky packages containing a smorgasbord of cast-off items from around the house. When it is your turn to play “gift” recipient, you are expected to respond with an appropriate level of effusiveness and surprise. It all started three Christmases ago…
My daughter was five years old and extremely preoccupied with Christmas presents, as one might expect. Since it is a long stretch from Black Friday to Christmas Day, she came up with a fun pastime to fill the giftwrapping void.
At least once a week, often once a day, Izzy would collect items from around the house and either wrap them up or put them in our stockings, and then exclaim delightedly that we had to open our gifts.
As is the case with many parenting experiences, it was equal parts endearing and annoying. Particularly after the fourth time opening a package filled with coasters, tea lights, or one’s own half-used moisturizer.
One particular Saturday morning, Izzy woke me up and invited me to come downstairs with her. Daddy and her three-month-old sister were sleeping peacefully in bed. As I was nearly always the parent allowed to sleep in late on the weekends, I thought it would be generous to allow my husband a few extra winks. You know, in the spirit of giving and all.
|Ho, ho, ho, suckers|
Izzy and I crept quietly out of my bedroom and down the stairs. Once out of earshot, she began to shout excitedly, “Santa was here! He left presents for you and Daddy!”
I attempted to muster up some enthusiasm for this tiresome game, and poured myself some coffee as I dutifully joined my daughter under the tree. I halfheartedly opened my brightly wrapped gift, to discover some makeup and cough drops that Izzy must have swiped while we were still asleep. She’s a sneaky little bugger, I’ll give her that.
We let Daddy sleep until 8:30, and then Izzy impatiently declared it was time to give him his gift from Santa. I heard the baby stirring, and agreed it was time to wake him up. I slid into bed next to my husband and Izzy assumed her traditional parent-wake-up position two centimeters from his face.
“Daddy! Daddy! Santa came and he brought you this present!” she said breathlessly, offering him the bundle. Groggily, he sat up and registered the situation, an unfortunate yet essential skill for all parents to develop, lest they be awakened in a stupor to deal with yet another bodily fluids crisis.
As he began to tear the paper off the top of his “present,” I instantly recognized the bright orange cap poking out. I began to giggle uncontrollably. My confused husband continued to pull away the remaining paper until he revealed the much-needed and oft-used bottle of KY liquid lubricant. At this point I was hysterical, laughing so hard tears were rolling down my cheeks. I wasn’t sure which was funnier, the look on my husband’s face as he realized what his present was, or the mental image of my daughter craftily swiping the bottle of lube from our bedside table while we were sleeping.
|Merry Christmas, sex fiends!|
Izzy regarded us triumphantly. Kids have a way of knowing when they have done something inappropriate to make grown-ups laugh. If a grown-up is laughing that hard, it must be something really bad.
“It’s bottom lotion, isn’t it?” she asked knowingly. Because that is the logical conclusion a five-year-old would jump to: all things taboo lead to bottoms or poop. Given her tendency to label my ladyparts in the lump category of “bottom”, she wasn’t far off, and I became even more incoherent.
Izzy beamed with her ability to cause both her parents such glee, and continued to chant, “Bottom lotion! Bottom lotion!” It seemed that without even trying, she had come up with the perfect gift for Mommy and Daddy! Sing it with me ladies:
“All I want for Christmas is … decreased vaginal dryness!”
I guess if your child is going to snoop around your night table while you sleep, they are bound to come across some goodies. And let’s face it, along with the Lanolin, KY liquid lubricant is a postpartum mommy’s best friend.
So to all the moms and dads out there, I’m wishing you much patience as you endure whatever potentially vexing holiday traditions your children are subjecting you to around the clock this season (Curious George’s Christmas, anyone? I’d like to kill that monkey.), and of course, this final holiday wish: May your days be merry and lubricated.
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I remember this one from your Listen to your mother contenders!! It’s just so hilarious! Totally voting for this!
So she gave you the gift of Christmas treats? 🙂 Too funny. Makes me want to go get ours and hide it in the back of the closet! NOW! I have a snooper in my house, too.
LOL that was too funny I cant imagine the looks on your guys faces, what a funny girl haha
I remember reading this. LOL – kids just love to find shit like this. my friend’s daughter found her vibrator once. OMG.
Ahahaha! Laughing so hard at that one! The picture at the end is just too much. 😉
noooooooo – hahahahaha. Oh my. OK, I was sitting here thinking about this and you know what is going to happen, right? At five she has already developed event memory. When she is a teenager she is going to remember the KY and the Christmas present, put two and two together and be totally grossed out. And then equally embarrassed. lol
This is the reason I love kids. 🙂 Great story, Steph! And thank you for linking up with us! 😀
Ahh…well that’s one way to have a merry Christmas;) (*makes mental note to move things from bed side drawer)
Yes, I would suggest relocating some of those, um, items.
HaHa!!! That is funny!! 🙂
HaHa!!! That is funny!! At least it was the KY and not . . . . um . . something else.
Uh, yeah. It definitely could’ve been something else!
All I can think of is “Swiper, no swiping!” Hilarious! Ellen
Totally! Thanks, Ellen!
1. There are far worse things they could swipe from the nightstand or the naughty drawer 😉
2. So many puns, so little time!
Um, yes. Indeed there are, on both counts!
OMG I think I would have died of laughter!!! And now excuse me while I find a new place for something! Lol!
Hahaha. That’s too funny. Stay lubricated, indeed!
OMG hahaha this is so perfect. OF COURSE your daughter got him lube for Christmas. What a thoughtful little angel. 😀
I am CRACKING UP!! Cannot wait to pin this post!! SO FUNNY!-Ashley
Thanks, Ashley! It was three years ago and I still laugh whenever I think of it!
Howling here. Howling. Oh my gawd this is classic. Love it. Love your response too. It’s perfect. It ranks right up there with the time my then 4 year old announced to everyone in the liquor store (in my province we still have to buy the booze at the liquor but that’s changing in April. Yahoo!) that his penis was “practising.” Yup. And just in case someone missed it he announced it again. Louder. yup. That was a very special moment.
NO! That is hilarious. I will be laughing about that all day!
Oh man I literally laughed out loud! Sneaky girl! Whew good thing though she didn’t find anything else. Oh, she’ll be in for a surprise when she’s older and realized what she gave her parents for Christmas lol.
I am DYING!! Good thing we keep ours in a drawer the kids can’t reach!