Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The elephant (not) in the room



We took The Baby with us on our weekend getaway, but left the two older boys at home. They were both working, but even if they'd been free, they're past wanting to spend a weekend with their parents ...and/or grandparents.

When we arrived home on Sunday afternoon, both were at work and I was pleased to note that the house was tidy and especially that there were no dishes on the sink. I carried our bags into the bedroom and paused. Someone's been sleeping in my bed, I remarked to Bike Boy, in my best Mama Bear voice. The giveaway? The bed was neatly made - I hadn't bothered to make it before we left. Also, the multiple pillows and cushions, while neatly piled on the bed, weren't arranged the way I always have them.

"Baby Bear" checked his room and announced that someone had been sleeping in his bed too. Cue parental muttering....

An inspection of the recycle bin revealed a large number of empty cans and stubbies. Number One Son is a renowned party boy, and it was obvious that he'd had several friends over for a drinking session. Clearly, some had stayed the night. *sigh* At least he'd done a good job of cleaning up and nothing was broken.

We were eating dinner last night, when I noticed the empty space on the shelves in the wall niche, where a carved wooden elephant usually resides:



Where's my elephant?! I asked the party animal. What elephant? and a blank look was the response. He apparently knew nothing about it. I figured it would turn up - unless one of his drunken mates had taken a fancy to it and absconded with it.

This morning when we got up it had reappeared, as if by magic:



Perhaps it got lonely up there and wandered off in search of other elephants, coming home when it couldn't find any.

I'm impatiently waiting for the boy to get home from work tonight to hear the explanation.

9 comments:

Sara said...

The mind boggles.....

Casey said...

haha, mum always knows!

Cinders said...

I can just imagine the mass text to all his mates. glad your elephant made it home.

Frankie said...

hahaha! yes obviously a magic elephant!

I've had nervous twitches these holidays as it's the first time the kids haven't called me on an hourly basis while I am at work.

Not sure what's going on at my place but as long as nothing is broken I can live with it! (plus Ethan is a dobber, so if his big sis gets up to anything I'll get a report immediately!)

Kitty said...

So pleased to hear your boys are normal functioning ones!

p.s. wash the sheets in the hottest water you can get darls xxx

Debstar said...

Before you wash in hottest water, soak in napisan.

If it was used as a sex object I don't want to know,then again.....

My nephew did the same, however the beds weren't made and the vomit in the bathroom left a permanent stain on the wall so they had to paint the room.

ss2306 said...

So funny! The elephant not your bed - ewww.

Kek said...

I've been assured that "Mum, it was just Harro" who slept in our bed. The room did smell faintly of boy-farts.

Turns out the elephant was hiding on a corner table - invisible behind the arm of the couch. Somebody obviously thought he looked better there.

kathrynoh said...

Ha, better for them to have a party and you get a free tidy up than coming home to a messed up house.

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