the metaphor of the present

LizzieLou | lolly palooza,nablopomo,reading | Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The night before my birthday, Lolly asked me if I wanted a present already. Of course I said yes and stopped in my tracks and closed my eyes and held out my arms expectantly as she went to her office and back to retrieve my gift.

“Ok ready.” she said, but nothing had been placed in my hands.

“Eeehn?” I asked.

“No, you have to open your eyes and pick something:”


“I had a little trouble with my printer.”

(( Now you see, in our house, if the thing that you’ve ordered for someone’s birthday has not arrived by the birthday date, then you present your loved one with a photo of the thing. So she can have a Yay! on her birthday. Normally, however, these would not look like tabs of acid. ))

“Um, ok. I pick this one.” I squinted as hard as I could. “It looks familiar, but I can’t tell what it is.”


“I’ll give you a hint! It’s illustrated by Marjane Satrapi! And you wanted it!”

“Well I have no idea what it is, but thank you! I LOVE IT!!!”

Eventually, all the presents were revealed!


Any guesses?


  1. Is that second one the Olympic torch? That’s quite a present!

    Comment by Janie — November 3, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  2. I’m guessing they’re all books (except the Olympic torch), though which books is too small to tell.

    That’s a pretty good idea! When I order Tery a present and it doesn’t arrive, my excitement bubbles over and I just blab it to her. For instance I just ordered her a Bullworker (isometric resistance weight thingy) and I CAN’T WAIT.

    Comment by Eelaine — November 3, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  3. @Janie – If the Olympic torch could pop popcorn! Which, I bet, it could. I think someone should give it a try if it comes through here on its way to Vancouver.

    @Eelaine – My dad had a Bullworker when I was little! I loved that using thing – so butch!

    Comment by LizzieLou — November 3, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

  4. Cool : ) They’ve been around forever. Seem to have mixed reviews about effectiveness or not, but I figure Tery will love anything to do with exercising. She’s become a bodybuilding nutjob! It seems portable enough and quick enough that she could carry it with her, even use it at the office (esp needs it today, poor thing).

    I’m assuming my book guess was right out.

    Comment by Eelaine — November 4, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

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