Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Smurfs (and Dad) Wish Us a Happy 5 Year Anniversary
Once again, I am sincerely impressed with his artistic skills. In the accompanying letter, he says he'll buy two pints of ice cream from the Commissary to eat in celebration. That's as good an excuse as any considering he also describes his miserable summer in the blistering Texas heat without air conditioning.
In an ironic twist, the card arrived on August 15th, the 23rd anniversary of my father's attack on my mother, a date that I've never been able to stop remembering with or without a calendar. Also in a funny coincidence, when I was a kid my parents used to interrupt my enjoyment of the Smurfs on Saturday mornings by not realizing how loud their lovemaking sounds could be. I responded by cranking up the volume as loud as possible. When my mother finally emerged from their bedroom, she would put in her hearing aids and say, "Kambri! Why do you have the TV turned up so loud?!"
To this day when I hear the theme song for the "Smurfs" the first thing I think of has nothing to do with Gargamel. [Shudder.]