day 30 – change the batteries

This is going to sound like the dorkiest game ever. And I can’t explain the attraction. But the kid in our life wants this all the time for as long as I can stand it. It produces silence so you can do it while listening to something/someone else. Great for church or coffee with a friend. WARNING, these are the words you will come to dread: Change the batteries?

If you succumb, the child throws itself across your knees and hangs there while you pretend to take the cover off the ‘toy’s’ back, remove the old batteries, scratch and blow the terminals clean, insert two new batteries and replace the cover. You will need to furnish a screwdriver (fingernail) to remove the four screws on the cover and two new pretend batteries (from your pocket). I place the ‘screws’ in the child’s cupped hand while I work on the batteries.

This bossy toy now demands five screws, and insists that the t-shirt be pushed back when the cover comes off. The power of touch – I guess everyone likes having a back rub. This can go on for as long as you like, and trust me, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. In my experience, when you press the ‘button’ the ‘toy’ never works, and you start again.

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