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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sealing in the Goodness

Pin It Like ninjas of stealth we moved silently through the darkened neighborhood, carrying with us an arsenal of weaponry. I glanced at my phone to catch the time—it was nearly 1:00—there was little chance of being caught or noticed at this early (or late) of an hour.

As we neared ‘the mark,’ we slowed and examined the house; the shutters were down, and the blank windows were devoid of light. Always a good sign when one was about to do what we were going to.

As I set the bag of varied paraphernalia on the concrete driveway, I blew warm air into my hands, to ward off the stinging bite of cold which was starting to settle in. My comrade and I both smiled at each other and set to work.

“This is my absolute favorite thing in the world,” Jaqui said as she and I moved about noiselessly. “The crinkling of the plastic is such a beautiful sound…”

We continued until we were finished with the first layer, then beginning on the top, sealing in the goodness. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself as we continued to work, like artists, bringing a masterpiece to life.

“Okay, now the lights,” I whispered, digging them out of the Smith’s grocery sack. We fought with them for a few minutes, draping them over the sealed, silver surface. The candy was placed strategically about the vehicle along with a 12 pack of Vanilla Coke.

We plugged in the lights and stood back to admire our labors, glowing there in the driveway like a silver tree of tinsel.

It.was.brilliant.

We snickered amongst ourselves as we gathered up our materials and melted down the street, like phantoms in the darkness.

Oh, the joys of having a birthday at this time of year…

7 comments:

Mamma has spoken said...

Hehehe, that's funny......Would have liked to seen you done that to my SUV.....

Gerb said...

I have just discovered a new alternative to toilet papering for the winter months... thanks!

Rachel said...

I love sneaky fun pranks! My son would have to argue that having a birthday in the month of December is NOT fun.....especially when it not only falls in the month of December but on Christmas....of all days.......

Linn said...
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Lori said...

Awww. Such good friends! I remember one of my bestest bdays when a truly great pal surprised me with a party in my classroom. I opened the door to my first period class at 8am and discovered all of my tenth graders already there--30 minutes early, mind you-- with a cake, caffeine, noise makers, streamers on the board, from the lights, etc. It was a fabulous way to start the day.

Sarah said...

It took me a minute or two to figure out what you had done, but once I did, I LAUGHED out loud!! What a great birthday present. I hope the recipient was as happy to wake up to such a thoughtful gift as we were to read about it!

Teachinfourth said...

Bonnie - Is that a challenge? If you didn't live so far away I'd probably show up some night just to take in on...

Gerb - And people just love it, too.

Rachel - Bummer for him; however, to be born on the day that we celebrate the Savior's birthday? How cool is THAT?

Linn - I thought so, myself.

Lori - Aren't surprises like that just awesome? Every now and again I get a class that does that for me, too.

Sarah - For some reason, she knew it was us...even before I blogged about it. She did say that it made her feel special. I would love to have seen her expression as she came outside her door, saw the extension cord, followed it to the driveway, and then saw her car.

Ah, the subtle beauties of plastic-wrap...

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