Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Phantom TV Watcher

So, how did your day start? Mine started with a crack and a thump...and a newly remodeled chair. Here's the pic. I'll let your mind wander and ponder how it became so...short.



Anywho, We had a great time camping with the kids, but the real story today is from my sister's life. She lives down south where it's hotter than the surface of the sun and only crazy people go outside during the summer.

Last night around nine, she and her hubby were watching a show in their room while their five-year-old, Niece K, watched a kid flick on the main TV. Niece K wandered into her parent's room and said, "There's a boy in our house."

My sister stared at her. My bro-in-law stared at her, too. Then they both said, "What?"

Niece K said, "He's watching the show with me."

Now, there should not have been a boy watching TV with Niece K, and for some strange reason this kind of scared my sister. She jumped up and ran to the front room, followed by her hubby and Niece K.

You guessed it, no boy. The questioning commenced. It went something like this:

My sister: Was there really a boy?

Niece K: Yes.

My bro-in-law: Maybe you made him up. Are you sure there was a boy?

Niece K: Yes.

My sister: Where is he then?

Niece K: I don't know. I think he went into my room.

My sister, kind of wigging out because strange boys should not show up in your house and then go into your child's room: What?

Bro-in-law: How old is this boy?

Niece K: Maybe two.

My sister and bro-in-law relaxing because two-year-olds are not scary like say sixteen-year-olds: Oh. Are you sure?

Long story short, they searched the room and the house. No boy. Niece K kept proclaiming that there had indeed been a boy watching TV with her. She even provided a detailed character description down to his baseball cap and sneakers.

They were about to award Niece K with an Oscar for best performance in inventing an imaginary friend when my sister noticed about twenty people going down the street yelling into the gathering darkness. Who were they? A search party looking for a lost three-year-old. Apparently they'd been scouring the dessert and surrounding area for some time.

My sister went out and told them about the phantom TV watcher, and the search moved to my sister's back yard. Yup they found him happily playing in the playhouse.

The mother burst into tears, and Niece K became a hero for watching TV and not making up an imaginary friend. Oh, and the kid got to go home to newly installed kid-proof handles.



So, what's the moral here? When you tell a story, or invent an imaginary friend, make sure you have the details and search party to back you up because getting people to buy into your fantasy is hard, especially if you're five.

I hope your weekend and holiday rocked!

Leisha Maw

8 comments:

Sandy L. Rowland said...

How odd is that? Good thing there really was a boy and he's only three.
Ah, kids.
got to love 'em. Thanks for another great post.

LeishaMaw said...

Sandy, no kidding. I'm glad it worked out for everyone. :)

Jenilyn Tolley said...

That's an awesome story! I'm glad it worked out okay for everyone.

LeishaMaw said...

Jenilyn, so am I.

Cherie said...

Sooo...what's with the chair.

The phantom T.V. watcher reminds me of the toddler break-in that happened at our neighbors house when we lived down there.

Jonene Ficklin said...

Such a good story - especially the real happy ending - and I love how you tied it into writing. (By the by - your characters already have crowds ready to vouch for them. We need more of your story. Quick!)

Nikki Mantyla said...

What a great story! I want my novel to come together like that, complete with search party at the end that makes all the details make sense, unlike this sentence, which doesn't much. (Can you tell I've been writing hard all day and struggling with it? How do I get my scenes to write themselves??) Thanks for the fun posts!

LeishaMaw said...

Cherie, what is it with the toddlers down there? Sheesh.

Jonene, ahhhhh thanks. :)

Nikki, wouldn't that be nice? I want that, too! If you figure it out let me know, okay? Seriously. :)

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