Going to the grocery store is always an adventure. My children have learned this.
After piano lessons on Saturday, the Princess and I stopped at a New Seasons to pick up various things. While there, she fell in love with the idea of a diffuser–tealight in the bottom, water and essential oils in the top–and picked out a lovely gray-silver one. We headed for the checkout, engaged in the sort of cryptic talk that happens when you’ve known someone all their life. All was fairly normal (despite our long-running exploration of a couple manga series themes) until we unloaded the diffuser. “From this side it looks like just a jar,” the Princess said.
“Maybe for a gerbil’s ashes,” I replied, eying it.
And thus, Harry the Undead Hamster was born. The checker overheard us, and picked up the diffuser, examining it critically. “It does look like an urn,” she said, handing it to the bagger. “Doesn’t it?”
“It does!” He turned it around. “Wow. From this side I’m all, how do you even get that open?“
By this time the Princess was laughing almost too hard to speak and I was doing my Harry the Undead voice. By the time we left the checkout line we knew Harry was: undead, possibly a gerbil, possibly something else, who had become undead by an accident involving a sorcerer, an Elixir of Life that halfway through the recipe was a very potent poison, and said sorcerer’s hut burning down, trapping Harry in the urn for all eternity. We amused both the checker and the bagger mightily, I wager.
By the time we had driven home, giggling like loons, Harry had evolved into the quasi-sidekick of a long-suffering teenager who kept getting roped into staving off the apocalypse, which Harry would warn her of when she was trying to finish her chemistry homework. And at dinner, we revamped the whole story for the Little Prince’s amusement, complete with Harry voices and laughing so hard we could barely eat OR breathe. “You have GOT to write this down,” the Princess said. Maybe I will.
Parenthood is awesome. Especially when you have an undead, sorcerous hamster around.