The Uprising (or why I am cowering in a corner suspiciously eyeing my children’s toys)

The toys are trying to kill me. I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the source of all the mysterious bruises that keep appearing on my legs. Also, I may have a broken toe.

I was sitting alone on my couch this evening, minding my own business, quietly typing away on a brilliant blog post for you. Only the living room lights were still on – the rest of the house was dark. I thought it would just be a quiet night to sit back, write, and enjoy a nice glass of the Pinot Noir Aunt Stephanie provided as a distraction for gifting the muppets two Power Wheels. (“Do not try to drive over your brother!”)

I heard a slight buzzing noise behind me. I turned, slowly, as the rattling grew louder. This is the start to one of those horror movies I refuse to watch because they give me bad dreams. Yet, just like those poor saps (“Let’s investigate the wailing in the darkened basement of this abandoned house with the illuminating power of a candle on our side.”), I began edging toward the bookcase housing some of the toys presently threatening to take over the living room. Dear god, I was going to be on the 10 p.m. news…

“I’M CHUCK. AND I’M A DUMP TRUCK!” announced a vibrant voice.

I jumped approximately 7 feet back. Chuck revved and rumbled and hurled himself out of the bookcase cube. “KEEP IT COMIN’!” he yelled at me, shaking his groove thang like no tomorrow. (Wise, considering I had instantly made the snap decision that Chuck would likely not live to see the aforementioned tomorrow.)

I lurched/lunged toward the toys, displacing a horde of angry Duplo Legos – which demonstrated their anger by flinging their remaining friends at my shins. I saw flashing lights, momentarily thinking a yellow Lego had landed a head shot. But no.

“I’m Paul. I’m a Police Car. We’re heading to the crime scene!” small blue and white car sang frenetically as it whizzed past me on the carpet. Paul was very determined. He must be friends with Chuck. I won’t lie, the Minority Report aspect of the scene playing out before me was not lost on my psyche.

I triumphantly snatched Chuck up from his mocking revelry dance and thrust his switch into the “Off” position. Take that you little plastic piece of rubble I thought, and kicked a few toys aside as I aimed to head back to my seat on the couch.

“Look out ladies, Mater’s fit to get funky!” taunted a Cars Tow Mater toy truck buried somewhere within the rubble.

Oh hell. I began pawing through the pile because, let’s face it, this was not going to be a children’s version of Toy Story should we continue down this path.

<Ding! Ding! “This is your CAPTAIN. Welcome aboard!”  cried an airplane shape sorter. “Can you find the BLUE triangle?”

No, as a matter of fact, I cannot, I yelled at the smiling aviator googley-eyes. I have not seen the blasted blue triangle in weeks – it may be under the couch or have met an untimely demise as the black dog’s afternoon snack. (With a sick perversion overwhelming me, I found myself hoping for the latter.)

“Spin spin a letter!” / “You are a VERY useful engine.” And a plethora of other dinging songs came to life together. THE TOYS ARE RISING UP AGAINST ME!

Where. Is. My. Wine. Or perhaps I should stay far far away from that glass…Either way.

“I’m stirring and stirring my pot!” moaned the crockpot. “Ohhhhhh, the nutrients…So healthy!” (I’m pretty sure this thing was having a sexual experience.)

I fled to the bathroom for sanctuary. (It was the closest room with a door, ok?)

“1 little, 2 little, 3 little fishies…” sang the bathtub.

Mother of the floating rubber duckies! I was in a horror movie. I’d just locked myself in a room with MORE toys – angry wet ones residing in the tub. A Nemo-like clown fish continued it’s song, asking me to play along. “Where is the red octopus? Can you find the RED octo..” <glurrgle glurrggle>

That’s right. I tried to drown a plastic fish. Don’t judge me.

I marched myself back into the living room and collapsed on the love seat. Right onto the baby laptop.

“Push, a letter button,” it instructed.

I hit the power button. With. Authority.

“Push a LETTER button,” it demanded. “That’s not a letter!”

Oh, for the love of all things holy – I am a word nerd by trade. I KNOW the power off is not a letter button! But the battery case was screwed shut. Power off was my only hope!

I'm a pretty pony.

“New blog entry!” the little green laptop excitedly announced unprovoked.

Oh. My. God. It knows…

Tripping and stubbing my toe on the ledge, you can now find me cowering in the corner with a jumbo black hefty garbage bag. Just try me toys – I will Throw. You. Out.

I looked up. Face to face with Lucky. “I’m a pretty pony…” Lucky whispered.



Filed under A Nervous Tic Motion, Home, Humor, Toys

20 Responses to The Uprising (or why I am cowering in a corner suspiciously eyeing my children’s toys)

  1. Gramma J

    Is it the toys or the Pinot? Haha

  2. Stephanie Cosaro

    Wow that just put Toy Story to shame!

  3. Christine

    IT’S THE TOYS!!!! Run fast and run far! This happens to me everywhere. The toy dashboard/steering wheel in my office will mysteriously starting singing “here we goooooooo!” There is a possessed Leap Frog school bus at my house that starts singing in the middle of the night, though no one is anywhere near it and the switch is turned to “off.” And those funky baby dolls standing in their cribs at Wal-Mart and Target always start laughing and jumping when I pass by. Even when I’m almost passed them and I start to believe I’m safe, three or four of them will spring to life! But the worst one… my daughter had a room doorbell that lit up and played sparkly-sounding fairy music. Opening and shutting the door on the wire eventually snapped it, but that bell would go off for no reason. The bell was turned off, but would still ring. So as a last resort (because heaven forbid mommy threw the broken thing away) I took the batteries out. As I was walking by a week later – it rang out that music and I jumped out of my skin. It reminded me too much of when the mom on Child’s Play turns Chucky over to take out the batteries and there are none! Too scary. On our last move, said doorbell was “lost.”

  4. Saw this coming…

    Lightning McQueen and Thomas the Tank had a full on conversation the entire way home from the Mattel Toy Store…they were plotting the attack

  5. Joanne Hamann

    Hilarious – I just cracked up – I say move to another house by yourself…yours can no longer be trusted

  6. Gramma N

    I laughed about this all day!

    Oh and just between friends, I’m certain that the dump truck is the instigator.

  7. Yet another excellent example of why our parents’ parents gave them nothing to play with but pots, pans and Popsicle sticks…

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  12. I so remember those damn talking toys when my boys were little. One Christmas I told my kids that Santa couldn’t bring any toys with batteries because the Elves were too busy. They got lots of balls, board games and Legos that year.

  13. bahahahaha We have a possessed Fisher Price potty at our house now. I make sure the thing is turned to off. Otherwise it goes off randomly lol

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  15. Too funny! We used to have an evil singing toy–I can’t even remember what it was, only that it would start giggling randomly. Fortunately it was only being lent to us and we gladly returned it to its owners. SO glad the Maiden’s kind of outgrown noisy toys! (She’s a noisy person, but at least she doesn’t randomly sing in the middle of the night. Oh, wait . . .)

  16. Oh,man — I hate it when the toys rise up! We had this one giggling butterfly toy (I’ve never hear a butterfly giggle in real life) and that thing would go off randomly with an evil electronic laugh. Not cool Made me jump more than once.

    Stopping by from Studio 30+ and I’m also a twin mama!

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