Surprise!

“I’m like a vault, baby; locked down.” – Will Smith, Hitch

Kids love keeping exciting secrets, like others’ presents. Well, all except actually keeping the secret.

When I was a small child at Christmas, my dad came home and I immediately announced that I couldn’t tell him what his present was, ’cause it was PURPLE SLIPPERS WITH NO FLOWERS ON THEM.

Sorry, Ma.

Fast forward to the new generation. I recently brought the boys to help buy a present for their dad. Spoiler: it’s a thermos with a cup on top. (I daresay *I* didn’t spoil it, though).

So we’re at Canadian Tire and the kids are giddy with delight at being in on this clandestine operation (cue Mission: Impossible music). They were a great help, though I had to steer them away from the idea that a Bubba Keg-sized thermos would be an EXTRA great surprise.

On the way home, the car is full of adrenaline as the kids clutch the purchase and discuss the best hiding spot, which cannot be somewhere boring like in a drawer because Dad might just get a new and sudden urge to root through random drawers, and we can’t risk that.

Surprise!

Cartoon of an orange vehicle

 

Dad won’t be home for 2 hours, but time is of the essence. We gotta get this thing in the house, or all will be lost.

Surprise!

Cartoon of kids going into a home

 

So because buzzkill Mom won’t get out the ladder for them to climb to the attic, they decide on a drawer, but to be doubly sure that Dad doesn’t stumble upon it in his random drawer-snooping activities, they make a big sign with his face with a line through it. There.

Surprise!

Cartoon of a brown box

Now all they need to do is keep it secret for 2 weeks.

(Later that day: )

Surprise!

Cartoon of a family sitting at a dining table

*sigh* Like a vault, baby. Locked down.

 

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Category: Dads, Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Calvin says:

    Surprises are fun, keeping them secret until the time comes is the fun challenge too haha.

  2. Christina Gould says:

    LOL, very cute story. Kids can’t keep secrets. Thanks for posting!

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