Some Assembly Required



'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house

I searched for the tools to hand to my spouse.

Instructions were studied and we were inspired,

In hopes we could manage "Some Assembly Required."


The children were quiet in their beds,

While Dad and I faced the evening with dread:

In the kitchen, two bikes, Barbie's town house to boot!

And, thanks to Grandpa, a train with a toot!


We opened the boxes, my heart skipped a beat....

Let no pieces be missing or parts incomplete!

Too late for last-minute returns or replacement;

If we can't get it right, it goes down in the basement!


When what to my worrying eyes should appear,

But 50 sheets of directions, concise, but not clear,

With each part numbered and every slot named,

So if there were failure, only we could be blamed.


More rapid than eagles the parts then fell out,

All over the flour they were scattered about.

"Now bolt it! Now twist it! Attach it right there!

Slide on the seats, where the metal is bare!


Hammer the shelves, and nail to the stand."

"Honey," said hubby, "you just glued my hand."

And then in a twinkling, I knew for a fact

That all the toy dealers had indeed made a pact


To keep parents busy all Christmas Eve night

With "assembly required" till morning's first light.

We spoke not a word, but kept bent at our work,

Till our eyes, they went bleary; our fingers all hurt.


The coffee went cold and the night it wore thin

Before we attached the last rod and last pin.

Then laying the tools away in the chest,

We fell into bed for a well-deserved rest.


But I said to my husband just before I passed out,

"This will be the best Christmas, without any doubt.

Tomorrow we'll cheer, let the holiday ring,

And not have to run to the store for a thing!


"We did it! We did it! The toys are all set

For the perfect, most perfectest Christmas, I bet!"

Then off to dreamland, at last sweet repose

I gratefully went, although I suppose


There's something to say for those self-deluded

I'd forgotten that BATTERIES are never included!


Author Unknown




Next Selection


Back to Holiday Goodies


NuPathz Home     Back to Odds ‘N Ends
 – Your affordable source for self improvement and self help books & materials

Illuminating the path for personal motivation, growth and development