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LJ Idol Season 8 - Week 36: Date Night

This is one of my entries this week for therealljidol. I invite you to read and vote for the many fine entries. This week we're writing on several topic; this addresses the topic "Hold Your Tongue."





Searching frantically, I sweep a gloved hand under the couch, the recliner, and even under the edge of the carpet. I peer under the coffee table (where I spy fossilized peas) and sort through the book bin (where I discover the little guy's plastic cell phone, which he was seeking yesterday). I'm heading out for an all-too-infrequent date night, so I'm frantic to get ready.

With my white pumps on and a flowered hat, I'm excited about accompanying my man to a special gallery opening. He's taking me to a display of works by our favorite artist. And wouldn't you know it, then I go and lose something important. What's the old joke: you'd lose your head if it wasn't glued on?

I grab my pink purse and search one more time, hoping against hope that I'll find what I'm seeking before my hubby arrives. But then, the door creaks open, and he calls, "Ready to go?" He's wearing his top hat and shiny black shoes, his mustache carefully groomed. He sees me and bursts out laughing; not the response I wanted on our special night. "How are you going to kiss me like that?" he asks.

Embarrassed, I cover the curved hole where my lips should be. I gesture with my arms but can't speak.

"That little tyke had you out in the garden again, didn't he? Look what I found under the bushes while I was getting you a present." First, he hands me a beautiful pink clover flower. Then, from behind his back, he produces what I'm seeking.

Eagerly, I slip it in place and squeal triumphantly. "Thank you, honey! What would I do without you?" I am finally able to speak.

"Well, it wouldn't be much of a date night without a mouth, would it?" he says, with a wink. My husband, my hero.

Holding out his arm, he escorts me into the kitchen, where we tour the new refrigerator display of the children's latest artwork. Some of it is refreshingly abstract, like a Jackson Pollack. My husband tells me what he's learned by peering over the oldest daughter's art books. He may not seem like much, on the outside, but I'm proud to call myself Mrs. Potato Head.


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jocosa
Aug. 2nd, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Awww, this was so cute!
alycewilson
Aug. 2nd, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was a last-minute brainstorming idea that hit me while walking my son so that he could take a nap.
roina_arwen
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Aww, so cute! I totally missed the clues and had to go back and re-read it - great job!

And thank you for the profile page gift, it's adorable!
alycewilson
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
I thought you'd appreciate it. You certainly deserve it!

This was literally a last-minute idea, but it made me smile so I had to write it.

Great icon!
roina_arwen
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
With 200+ icons I can usually pull an appropriate one out of my proverbial hat, heh!
alycewilson
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Do you have an "Icon Queen" icon yet? You should!
roina_arwen
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
I don't have one that says Icon Queen on it, but will a regal Anne Boleyn icon work in a pinch?
alycewilson
Aug. 3rd, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
It does! All I have is the Red Queen, though.
whipchick
Aug. 7th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
I like how this stays human in emotion and connection even while being a sweet piece from a toy's POV :)
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It helps to have colorful toys around the house for inspiration.
myrna_bird
Aug. 7th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
lol..'fossilized pea.' I had some great memories reading this!
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
I bet! We often find fossilized peas in our house.
notodette
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Haha, I got that she was looking for a mouth fairly quickly, but I did not guess she was Mrs. Potato Head!
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yes. With apologies to the "Toy Story" movies. :)
n3m3sis42
Aug. 8th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Definitely was not expecting that ending!
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
I was hoping to keep it a surprise without being overly labored about it. Looking at a Web site of Potato Head accessories, I learned there's an amusingly retro look to most of hers.
pixiebelle
Aug. 8th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh how creative! This was a fun and unique concept!
alycewilson
Aug. 8th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it. The idea was a last-minute inspiration. Up until about an hour before I wrote it, I had nothing.
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