By Leslie Lindsay
My daughter is in Brownies. She wears that brown vest plastered with patches and sings songs about smiles in pockets and friends being the color of precious metals. She takes hikes and pets snakes at nature preserves. She loves it.
She also participates in the fall fundraiser (don’t get me started on fundraisers…that’s a whole other blog post). Don’t get your hopes up too much: the fall fundraiser is not the infamously tasty cookies. It’s nuts and magazines. That’s cool. Good timing for holiday gift-giving.
So, last weekend my hubby and I sat sipping coffee after a leisurely breakfast (our darling daughters were creating a toy bomb in the basement playroom)–magazine catalog spread on the table.
“Who can we give a magazine gift subscriptions to?” we mused.
Well, let me tell you–a printed publication (I think we used to call those magazines), exists for just about every interest, hobby, age-group, whatever your little heart desires, it’s there. From Family Handyman to Civil War Chronicals to Bird & Garden. Heck, there was even something about guns and gardens…as if those go together.
And it went on like this for awhile till my mean-spirted side took over. (Yep, I’ve got one of those…believe it or not). My eyes grazed over the magazine entitled, All You. “Where’s Annoying You?” I wondered.
“You know, the magzine for mother-in-laws.” I deadpanned.
Slowly, carefully a grin spread across Jim’s face, “Yeah. Everyone and their hampster would read it.”
My eyes grew round, “Yeah…and I could be the editor-in-chief. Heck, I could write all of the articles…what to do when your mother-in-law drives you bonkers at the next family gathering.”
He sniffed, “How about a quiz: what kind of mother-in-law do you have? An annoying one? Yeah…cause they’re all annoying! How about meddlesome.? Yep. They would qualilfy for that, too.”
“How about 10 quips to use the next time your mother-in-law compares you to her own daughter?”
“Or, what to give your mother-in-law for the holidays…a broom to ride next time she visits…or maybe a gavel…order, order in the court! Judge Mother-in-Law presiding….” Jim was clearly pleased with himself. I couldn’t help laughing either (okay, I rolled on the floor tears pouring from my eyes).
“How about Annoying You magazine,” I countered, once I caught my breath., a little bit of tinkle in my pants.
And so it done. A new magazine is born. And just what would the Brownies say about that?!
And that is what is in my brain today, Thursday November 1st 2012.