All I wanted was a crown. A new one. A shiny one. Just one. To put in my Christmas stocking.
And I almost had one in my hot little hands.
Had it not been for the telephone.
A plethora of crowns! Right in front of me. Blue ones, purple ones, silver ones! I was trying to decide which one to buy when the blasted phone rang right there in Toys Ain'ta Us.
No, I don't mean my cellphone.
I mean the large black customer service phone that hangs on the wall in every department store. Annoying!!! Ring! Ring! Ring!
Hush......would you just hush! I'm trying to pick out a crown here. Can't you see I'm a Queen?!!
And then it happened.
I don't know what possessed me. I couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't concentrate. The ringing had to stop.
"Could you assist a customer in electronic toys please, aisle 3?"
I was in over my pencil head.
"Who is this?"
said the very busy and up-to-her-eyeballs-in -screaming children- salesclerk.
"A customer," I meekly and sweetly said."You're not supposed to answer the phone!!"
"I know that..... "
"Hang up the phone, lady!"
"......but it was ringing and I was here."
For weeks now I've been ruminating in that pencil brain of mine just how I could pull off a caper in the local Toys'Ain'ta'Us joint without getting caught. I had to pick the busiest day of the year: the eve of the eve of Christmas Eve.
And I had to pick up the phone.
Eve....n so, it almost worked.
I quickly headed north to the silk flower arrangements in the back of the store. They wouldn't find me there. I was sure of it. I took the pink fluff with me, a ballerina Barbie dress just in case I had to change clothes and a wand.
I pressed the little button. Grandpa sang Frere Jacques en Espanol with a heavy American accent. French and Spanish AND gender misappropriation. No wonder our children are confused.
No Spanish Child Left Behind has made a total mess of things.
Papa sang bass, grandma sang something akin to croaking and baby sang a light little American song. Confused again. But I thought it might be nice to hear a quartet before I got arrested, so I played them all at once just for spite.
Then I noticed that there were 12 more little abuelitas on the shelf underneath.
A whole choir. I'm in Heaven!
I tried to film a video of the "Sounds of Abuelita" but kept having to hide my camera in the folds of the ballerina crinoline. Story of my life.
I haven't had this much fun since I asked people in the local Laundromat if I could watch their clothes. And I was having a grand time in the culturally confused Christmas rush until a whistle blower showed up.
I had to. It was a compulsion. And I'm a Queen ya know! I have certain undeniably certifiable
Aren't they lovely?
And then it happened.
The phone rang.
Not the one on the wall this time, the one in my purse.
It was my sister. "Whatcha doing?"
"Trying not to get arrested in the toy store. I had to go hide...and...."
Note: This post was written in 2007 and revived for your viewing pleasure. Way past time for a silly post. I had this ready before the Christmas stress. Thank you for all the support and love I received during this time last year. I hope you enjoyed this post.
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