Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How To Be a Boy: Extinguishing a Candle

Anyone can blow out a candle with their breath. There's no challenge there. Why not try to extinguish a candle more creatively? How about trying to shoot out the flame with the Nerf N-Strike Recon Dart Blaster?

If you are a boy, the most important part of extinguishing a candle flame with a dart blaster is not to think anything through. Just do it. If you think ahead even the slightest, you might realize that your mom has just spent 30 minutes cleaning the bathroom. The towels are clean, the mirror; spotless, the counters; shining.

You might also notice that there is quite a deep pool of liquid wax in the candle; enough to make a big, hot splash.

If you'd ever in your life cleaned up spilt wax, you might stop for a moment and think about how difficult it can be. You might reflect on the time involved it will take to clean up a mess, should any hot, melted candle wax splatter when your dart blasts into the flame.

Whatever you do, do not think of any of these things. Just act.

Ooops. That made a mess, didn't it?

Well, just take the clean towel and wipe it up. Hmmm--the towel doesn't seem to be very effective; kind of spreading the wax around more than wiping it up, isn't it.

Well, don't worry. Just leave the towel in a heap on the counter and look for something else exciting to shoot with your dart blaster.


a said...

You so lovingly put into perspective the very annoying parts of being a boy. You make me watch from childhood and not my boring and organized adulthood. You make me love my boys and their antics even more!

Shelli said...

I am so not letting my son see your blog! You nailed it....again!

Erika said...

Boys. Can't live with them, can't live without them!

Erin said...

Hi! I found your blog by reading an article you had written about creative Christmas letters. I loved your idea for the game board letter and I think I'd like to use that for our letter this year. Would you happen to have the template or an example of what you did so I can see how you set it up? I was also wondering how you showed what "square" went with what person in your family. I have five girls, so how would the people know what square was talking about which girl. Anyway--your idea was so creative. I would appreciate any info you could offer to help me out!