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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Evidence That the Universe Has a Sense of Humor

Here's the thing: My family has a Prius. Yes, it's a hybrid and yes, it's tiny. So, it gets Phenomenal Cosmic Gas Mileage, but itty-bitty living space (to quote Aladdin.)

Did I mention there are five of us? Did I mention that the youngest is almost twelve, and oh yeah, my older daughters are 5'7" and 5'10"?

Okay, so there we are, getting ready to drive back home from a dance competition in Palm Springs (which was unseasonably hot even for Palm Springs, I might add). The car is loaded to the tippy-tip-top with dance stuff, suitcases, golf clubs (don't ask) but we have to wait for the raffle to be drawn.

The raffle.

"And the winner of the 6 foot teddy bear is.......(wait for it)..........CALI THOMAS!"

Oh, the screams of joy (from Cali, who wanted the bear more than anything. All day she said, "I am just visualizing me getting the bear. I can see it in my mind....")

As for me, I wasn't holding my breath. I mean, the Thomas family doesn't really win stuff. One of my daughters has actually considered becoming a professional Cooler (like those guys in Vegas who walk around bringing bad luck to people.)

So, um, yeah.....I had to ride for two and a half hours home with a big bear's bum under my chin.
I can't even remember how we managed to fit the blasted thing in, across all of us. And why I ended up with the bum.....

Very funny, Universe.



Kiki Hamilton said...

Shelley - that is FUNNY! It made me laugh out loud. I can just see your daughter squealing in joy and you rolling your eyes going 'how the heck is this going to work....' Gotta love the Universe's sense of humor!

Susan R. Mills said...

Ha! My brother once got me a ginormous stuffed bear for Christmas. My dad had to drive it home from the store with his convertible top down in 20 degree temps.

Renee Collins said...

lol, too funny. However, very cool about winning the giant bear. As a gal of 5'10 myself, I rarely find stuffed animals that are bigger than I am. I think that would be pretty neat. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I would've strapped him to the roof and scared all the other drivers. :D
I drive a Miata. He would be a fine sight riding shotgun.

Stephanie Faris said...

Wait...there are "professional" guys in Vegas who walk around bringing bad luck to people? Do they get paid for this?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha ha! That is too funny! How wonderful for your daughter, though. :-)

Kelly said...

I bet there were a few giggles from passing drivers!
My hubby won a huge animal at Sea World for my youngest son a few years ago. I can't remember how we got it home (by plane) but I do remember all teh little stuffings falling out once we did!

MG Higgins said...

I was going to disagree about the Prius being small, but for five people and all that stuff? Uh, yeah! Very cool how your daughter visualized the teddy bear. Love it.

Myrna Foster said...

What a funny, happy story! Isn't it funny, the things we want?

Laura Pauling said...

That is hilarious! Too bad you don't have a picture!

Solvang Sherrie said...

That's hilarious! Now she knows that by visualizing her dreams she can make them come true :)

Stephanie Perkins said...

HA HA HA HA HA HA! Oh, I love this story! Vurry funny, indeed.