Friday, November 5, 2010

The Force May Be Strong With This One

WonderWife™ pulled an unexpectedly cool move today.

As I walked in the door this evening, the kids came running over to me and reached up their hands to show me what was inside. Sprout beamed as she showed off a pair of bunny figurines. In the hand of the Bean, I spotted a R2D2 figure.

“The Candy Fairy came!” he screamed. The Candy Fairy is WW™’s ingenious plan to get rid of the pounds of extra Halloween candy. The CF comes, takes your candy and leaves you a small (read: inexpensive) gift. The Bean had been diligently waiting for the Candy Fairy to arrive all week. He was actually aching to give up his sugary loot for a toy. “Look what she left me, Daddy! Star Wars!”

I looked up quizzically at my wife. She was wearing a sly smile—rather proud of herself.

The Bean immediately started asking questions about R2D2. Where did he live? Could we meet him? He told me that R2 fixes ships. When I asked him how he could have possibly known that, he said he remembered it from our ill fated Star Tours ride last Spring (a move that I feared would turn my kid off Star Wars for a few extra years).

Later on during a quiet moment, I turned to WonderWife™ and asked, “So why’d you do it?”

“I saw it,” she said. “And we didn’t need another car. So I bought this.”

She smiled at me and I smiled back, wondering if she knew that she had purchased the key that would allow me to open the door to Star Wars for my son.

10 comments:

Andrea said...

That's awesome! And I'm completely ripping of WW's idea of the candy fairy for next year. We had ONE trick or treater. I've more candy than any one house should possibly have.

SciFi Dad said...

Very cool idea... we may steal that as well.

(Also: did she get the Clone Wars Artoo - with the tools and grappling hook thing - or the Saga one with the sounds and lights?)

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Andrea...Yeah, the Candy Fairy is a brilliant idea. Seriously, my kids were begging for her to take their candy.

SciFi...Amazingly enough, WW™ managed to go Saga.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Love the idea. I also laughed at the car refference. Too funny.

Didactic Pirate said...

Please tell your wife that I think she's freaking brilliant. That's a great idea. And I look forward to reading a post about the day you watch Star Wars with your kids for the first time. From my own experience, it'll be an awesome day.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

James...Well, you hang around my house long enough and you're sure to get sick of cars too.

Pirate...I think I'm still a ways off from showing him SW. It'll freak his head off (and not in a good way.)

Surfer Jay said...

Nice. Nothing like sharing the wonders of star wars with the boy. My son jacked a yoda from a friends house the other day. Wew figure they won;t miss it out of the thousands of characters they have....

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Surfer...The best Yoda is a jacked Yoda.

Dad on the Run said...

I know, I know... just catching up your blog a little. I'd be surprised if you haven't seen this or possibly even shared it, but I'm a noobie here so I get a pass or two hopefully.

Great clip about sharing Star Wars with your kids: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/11/how_to_talk_to_your_kids_about_star_wars.php

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Dad...I have seen this. Tis awesome.