Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Fray of the Little Rubber Elephant

This went on for about an hour.

Give me it!

Why do you want it?

Because it’s mine.

But why do you want it?


My son, who is fifteen years old, was the beggar. My daughter, who is eleven, was the holder. I ignored the bickering for at least forty minutes. Then I started to wonder what it was that was needed so badly by both of them. It must have been something valuable or important. Was it my wallet? It couldn't be - it's not valuable. There is no cash in there and all of the credit cards are maxed out. Could it be the last Ho Ho in the box? No, I’m the only one that eats those. Wait a minute, there’s one left? I’ll be right back…

…it had to be the television remote control or maybe a “One Free Hug from Dad” coupon. I decided to let it play out to see if they could come to a compromise.

Twenty minutes later, their battling dronified whining started to get to me. I had to intervene. What on Atlas’ shoulders are you two going on about?????

“She has my elephant!”

I didn’t even know my son had an elephant. Is that why his room smells so bad? I never had an elephant. No fair! I’m not paying for this elephant, am I?

“What elephant?”

“My little rubber elephant.”

Are you serious? Clearly he was either very bored or very insane. Fifteen year olds do not covet little rubber elephants unless they are in an assholic mood, which he was, I deduced. Somewhere in his life my son obtained a little rubber elephant and had kept it sacred somewhere in his bedroom. Gandalf had told him to keep it secret, keep it safe. At some point between the day of her birth and a few days ago, my daughter found it in his bedroom, liked it and put it in her purse. Somehow, it came up in their conversation tonight after dinner.

So, I was thinking, if Einstein never wrote that letter to Roosevelt,
the United States may not have been the first to develop the atom bomb.”

“Oh, yes, I know. Isn’t that scary? Can you believe they didn’t allow
him to work on the Manhattan Project because they thought he was a security

“How preposterous! By the way, do you have my little rubber elephant?

“Yes, of course. It is in my purse.”

“Give me it.”

“Why do you want it?”


The situation was so bizarre I didn’t attempt to reason with either of them. I confiscated the little rubber elephant. I guessed they were both bored, and not yet certifiably insane, so I gave them each a box of Froot Loops and told them to catalogue each piece by color, size, granularity and crunchitude degradation at ten second intervals of soaking in milk. That should keep them busy while I play with the little rubber elephant.


Ssssiiiiiiddddd said...

That elephant is no pooping pig. I can't imagine the fray had one of those been involved.

jj said...

The elephant belongs to the son. The daughter should ask for stuff that isn't hers, and learn to respect the decision if someone denies her wants.

keysunset said...

My thought was, if each child has their own room, then why was daughter snooping around in Rubson's room? That's probably one of the unanswerable questions.

And amen, jj. Moist, I see you have Rubson's elephant ...

ll said...

I bet he got it from a girly-friend and that is why it is so valuable.

That or he's insane.

lolly said...

It's the principle of the matter. Whether the object is an insignificant toy or something valuable like a 50 dollar bill, it is the boy's possession that was in his room. The girl has no right to trespass and steal his belongings.

HR said...

Next time will you photograph it next to a penny or something so we know how big it is? Thanks.

interleper said...

^ That goes for the little rubber elephant, too

Anonymous said...

but then how will we know how big the penny is...

Jen said...

Sid beat me to the pooping pig reference. My pooping pig, Arnold, went missing about 6 months ago. After reading this, maybe I should ask one of my brothers if he snatched Arnold up and put him in his purse.