Best Present Ever
My parents have a great sense of humor. Humor that’s lost on children. Back in the 90’s one of our family’s favorite show was that acid-trip of a mess, Ren and Stimpy. My parents still walk around quoting “No sir, I don’t like it”. I see episodes now and wonder how we were ever allowed to watch it.
Side note: Here are the list of shows we weren’t allowed to watch. And I didn’t because I was scared of punishment.
1. Golden Girls
2. You Can’t Do That On Television
3. Dawson’s Creek
4. The Wonder Years
6. My So-Called Life
7. Beverly Hills 90210
8. Melrose Place
9. Party of 5
10. Doogie Howser (dude, Neil Patrick Harris, whaaaaat?)
I’m sure there are more, but I’ve blocked them out. And to this day, I don’t think I’ve seen a full episode of any of these shows. I know. SHOCKING.
So anyway, back to the story. We loved Ren and Stimpy. One year for Valentine’s Day, my parents bring out these big boxes for me and my brother (my other brother wasn’t around yet). I think I was 11 and brother was 6. We open up the boxes and we both have these huge pieces of wood. Logs, if you will. We look up at my parents, blinking in confusion and my mom goes, “We got you both logs!”
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Yeah, I saw the humor in it immediately and found it hilarious. My brother, not so much. He was only 6! He started crying and saying, “What am I supposed to do with it?!” Which made my parents laugh even more. Finally, they cut him some slack and finally brought out our little Valentine’s Day gifts. But honestly, I don’t know what they were. I will always remember those logs though and I hope we can be as funny with our kids someday.
Were your parents pranksters? I can appreciate my parents’ humor now but at the time it was infuriating.