Accepting What I Can’t Handle

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My husband is an Elvis fan.

Recently, he mentioned hearing about the Elf on a Shelf craze and thought it might be fun to do Elfis on a Shelf in his office.

I believe my response was more than he bargained for:

“Well . . . first . . . your daughter has been dying for an Elf on the Shelf, so I think you should do one at home if you’re going to do one at work.

And furthermore, do you realize what kind of a commitment it is? Every single night for the entire month you have to move it. And kids talk at school about what their elves did the night before, so there are some pretty big expectations for creativity there.”

He said (sheepishly), “Oh. OK.”

So we have had a sometimes-moved, sometimes-not Elfis not on the shelf at home this year. No book to read or real rules, and half of the time, one of the kids moves it if it gets moved at all.

Fun, but no pressure.

I know what we can (and can’t) handle.

Do Normal People use the word furthermore? Because it’s one of my very favorite words.



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  1. I rarely comment, but just had to say that I love the word “furthermore” and use it all the time.

  2. Our elf is lazy. He sometimes moves and sometimes doesn’t. We aren’t the most athletic people ourselves, so we understand our elf. :-)

  3. Amy Morrison says:

    Cracking up reading the banana slicer comments – thanks for sharing!

    Furthermore, I had the exact same thoughts when my husband mentioned our younger son might like the elf. No way I could remember to move that thing every night for a month.

  4. Oh my word! I could waste ALL day reading those reviews. Is this some kind of intellectual subculture! Way too funny.

  5. I use the word furthermore. But I am not normal.

    Also, I cannot handle the pressure of an elf. I have made it known publicly that anyone that buys my children an elf will pay. Dearly.

  6. Angela Michaud says:

    Last year, we decided that it would be oh-so-fun to do Elf on the Shelf for the boys. (I must admit that there was a lot of parent-peer pressure to participate.) We got in on it a little late, and really had to do a full-scale search for an elf. I went to so many stores, and then we had to settle on the stuffed elf with no story book because there were no regular elves left. (I wish we would’ve thought of Elvis, we could have used our “TKB – King of Rock & Roll” figurine ornament. But I digress.)
    After all of the hullabaloo, we sat down to tell the boys about this elf who was going to magically visit, and how he we might get to see his antics, et cetera.
    This talk did NOT go as planned.
    7-year-old gets these huge tears in his eyes and commences to absolutely freak out at the thought of an elf walking around the house in the night while he slept. He told us that if the elf was in the house, he wouldn’t be able to sleep until Santa came – and then Santa would see him not sleeping and not bring him presents. He was so frightened that even the truth that it was all just pretend wasn’t enough – we had to take the elf to grandmas and leave it there before this dear, tender child would calm down.
    Furthermore, (see what I did there?) he doesn’t even like to talk about it now. I see other parents racking their brains to out-elf each other now, and can’t help but think this boy really gave me the best gift – not having to commit to moving the elf around every night!
    Children can be so wise.

    • Angela, I understand my oldest daughter probably would have had the same reaction, she does not handle things like that well and in her wise young ways saves me from so many things (like having to go to a movie opening at midnight or remembering to move a toy around the house:).

      Ummmm, I have youngish children, and I have no idea what elf on the shelf is. I think I might have heard about it once last year because there is some little bell in the back of my brain saying “you were going to figure it out last year” . Ok so I am clueless. BUT on the positive side, my kids have never metioned anything and I do not have any mom pressure. furthermore koodos to all of you, I agree I could never have remembered to move a little thing around EVERY single night for a month, just wouldnt have happened. I would probably leave it up to the kids and dogs, if any of us remembered and could find it after we hide it yesterday.

      There is nothing wrong with furthermore, even if you have to change a few sentences around to use it:)

  7. Wow. I’m glad that wasn’t the “thing to do” when my kids were little! too much pressure! Although we did have a tooth fairy meltdown one time because the tooth fell out while I was at the store, they were in bed when I got home, and Daddy forgot to tell Mommy. I saved the day by saying since the tooth fell out after he went to bed and he had to get up to tell Daddy, the tooth fairy was already on his rounds and didn’t know till he got back home, I’m sure he’ll come tonight. Happy 6 year old.

  8. I told my daughter that there were no more elves available to come to our house (they were all assigned to other homes) so Santa gave us his cell phone number and I can call him directly. I haven’t had to do it yet, but I totally picture myself ominously whipping out my phone while asking her if she’s being a good listener.

  9. Your kids must be the envy of everyone at school! How cool is it to have an Elfis ‘NOT’ on the Shelf?
    FYI, there’s no elf on the shelf in our house either. Merry Christmas!

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