Curiosity Shocked the Boy

toy monkey slingshot that screams

Shortly after waking this morning I retired to the bathroom office, as is my custom.

I’d just gotten out my magazine and started reading when the silence was shattered by a shrieking noise, followed by a loud thud. Then silence.

I knew what had happened and was immediately thankful for the door I could hide behind while I started snickering. Regaining my composure, I commented to the world at large, “You weren’t supposed to touch that.”

The Mercenary answered, “I didn’t know it would make that noise!”

“Well,” I said, “I guess now you’ve learned your lesson.”

After I was certain he’d left the room I allowed myself a bit more laughter. I was still trying to keep it quiet but the noises emanating from the bathroom at that point sounded as though I was sobbing (and the tears running down my face didn’t help) so I abandoned restraint and laughed out loud.

See, what had happened was Hubby brought home a little stuffed monkey a while back, and it is capable of being shot across a room because the arms are really these giant rubber bands. The feature that’s not as obvious is the screaming sound the monkey makes either when launched or when its midsection is bumped. The Mercenary picked it up and accidentally set it off at which point he jumped backwards making the thudding noise.

Ohhhhh how I wish I could have seen the reaction myself!

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who like to laugh in the morning.

Image courtesy of Mark Atwood via Creative Commons license, some rights reserved.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Michelle (The Beartwinsmom) September 16, 2008, 12:03 pm

    LOL I would have loved to see the look on his face!!! That is just too priceless!

  • Amy September 17, 2008, 12:18 am

    Michelle, me too! By the time I stopped laughing and exited the bathroom he’d recovered. Of course then we had to shoot the thing back and forth and listen to it scream ad nauseum.


  • whitening September 17, 2008, 5:25 am

    lol, next time pick up the camera and make a video

  • Amy September 17, 2008, 11:19 am

    Whitening, if I could have figured out how to shock someone else and tape it I would have. By the time I finished laughing it was hours later and everyone was in on the joke.

    It would be a great thing to set up for someone, wouldn’t it? Hmmmm. Now I’m going to have to figure out how to plan a screaming monkey ambush. Heh, heh, heh.