Yesterday afternoon Mom decided to get a few gifts for Dad wrapped so there would be some stuff to put under the tree (other than ME) next weekend when they put the tree up. She got out all the boxes, tissue, ribbons, tags and wrapping paper…..I was so excited! She keeps a big shopping bag full of all that stuff in the closet in her studio and for weeks now I’ve been asking nicely for her to let me go into that closet – just to make sure that shopping bag hadn’t disappeared……I know it’s just a big old bag of FUN.
After all these years Mom has wised up. She knows that if I’m around and she’s wrapping presents, I’ll be in the middle of it making things “challenging”. She keeps some distractions handy for me so she can get her wrapping done. The yellow and pink tissue aren’t for Christmas presents – and the old red and green ribbon and that tired little red bow aren’t for them either….they’re for ME!!!!! She puts all that old stuff in one corner of the room so I can hop around on them and pick them up and carry them or poke, prod and otherwise torture them – while she’s busily doing what she needs to do with the REAL wrapping.
Her strategy always works. I’ve gotta hand it to her – she has me figured out pretty well by now. By the time she does her wrapping, I’m just beginning to get bored with my so-called toys and she puts everything away for the next time she has more things to wrap.
Considering it’s really early before the holiday, I know that shopping bag will be coming out of the closet LOTS more times………I’ll be ready for it – you can count on that!!
Sammy the Assistant Wrapper