Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lost Assets

"Who are you talkin to?" Asks precocious four year old Jaime as she clings to my knee.

"Winnie the Pooh." I tell her.

"Oh." She breaths. " Can I say hello to Winnie the Pooh?"

"Well," I say, "Pooh is rather shy, but I'll ask." Jamie bounces in delight and her eyes glitter as I suppress a grin. "Winnie the Pooh," I say into the phone, "I know it's a lot to ask, but my niece Jamie would like to speak to you."

After a moment, I give my niece a solemn nod and pass the phone into her outstretched hands. For several minutes her excited chatter charms the adults in the room and then we hear her ask. "Oh Winne the Pooh, is Eeyore there?"

Jamie shoots us a triumphant look and I know Mom's turning the conversation over to Dad. In seconds his voice rumbles over the phone, low, slow and endearingly pessimistic.

"Hi Eeyore," Jamie dances in place, "are you having a good day?"

"No, no, I don't believe I am."

"But why?" She cries.

"I've misplaced my tail." Eeyore gives a dramatic sigh. "Everyone knows a donkey needs his tail."

"Oh Eeyore," Jamies voice rises, "I'll find your tail."

Eeyore sniffles and my sister rolls her eyes.

"I will find your tail Eeyore. I will find your tail and mail it to you."

"Oo kaay." As Eeyore, dad is so morose, I bite my cheek.

"Have a nice day Eeyore."

"I don't know if I can," Eeyore heaves another sigh, "but I'll try."


  1. Your family sounds like so much fun. This is classic!

  2. Unbalanced is more like it, but extremely happy.

  3. I love this. My grandma does this with my wee ones sometimes. They love it.
    Keep them coming. take care and have a blessed evening.

  4. Don't you just love family. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. hi gene.. i have been meaning to comment on this for a week or more.....
    i love the wonderment of your niece, her innocence... and the fact that grandpa stepped right into the role of the beloved characters...
    warmed my heart...
    thanks for sharing...

    PS. do you watch PAN AM?... i think of you when i am watching it.. it's entertaining.... realistic?

  6. Hi Daph,

    My folks are a big hit with little guys. Mom raised us and went off to be the director of Brownie Camp. Dad is her biggest fan.

    PAN AM? I did manage to see it once. Some of the other gals say it's fairly accurate, but the pilots look young.
    I didn't apply until the hiring process was idiot proofed and they needed every warm body they could get their hands on.
    (Hubby was in my training class, and yep, we were already married. :0)

  7. Great story!
    I'll keep a look out for that tail too!

  8. Aw, thanks Mike, a donkey needs his tail! Great to see you.