Three years ago, my mother-in-law Kathy brought over a couple of ornaments for us. One of them was a little mouse sitting on a candy cane. Wildling loved it. Each year, when we decorated the tree, she got so excited to find the little mouse and hang it up.
This year was no different.
Wildling pulled out the mouse ornament and exclaimed “I remember this one! It’s my favorite!” Of course, that meant Mellow, who is suffering from a terrible case of the terrible twos, wanted it very badly. So Wildling very carefully hung the ornament high on the tree “so Mellow can’t break it!”
This led to Mellow throwing a massive tantrum, which involved hiding behind the tree and screaming, a scene that she will gleefully reenact if you ask her (“I behind tree screaming. Me screamed like this ‘wah wah wah'”).
But we didn’t give in to the tantrum, and the mouse remained safely out of Mellow’s reach.
Until two days later when she asked me for it, and I figured what harm can she do? And of course, she broke the mouse off the candy cane. “Mama, this broken. Papa need glue this.”
“Oh no, that’s Wildling’s favorite ornament!” I said. She looked at me solemnly.
“Wildling be so mad at me.”
And Wildling was upset, but that night Will glued the mouse back to the candy cane, and all was well…or should have been.
The next day, the repaired mouse ornament was sitting on the table, when I set my water bottle down next to it – and my bottle fell over, crashed into the damn mouse, and knocked it off the candy cane.
That evening, when Wildling was already in a fragile meltdown state, not only did Will foolishly surprise her with the knowledge that her favorite ornament was once again broken, he also revealed that one of it’s paws was missing.
The desperate search for the paw (which, incidentally, revealed how many small white objects are on our tile floor) was set to a soundtrack of screaming, because Wildling just couldn’t handle it.
The search was fruitless, and we needed to put an end to the madness. Fortunately, I have mad google skills, and a copyright Hallmark 1981 was imprinted on the side of the candy cane. Within a few minutes, I had found several available ornaments (and discovered it originally came with a bell), and bought one for $10 on Ebay.
Not five minutes later, I walked into the kitchen, and there on the ground in plain sight was the damn mouse paw.