Wednesday, December 1, 2010

the XBOX debacle

Tuesday November 30th started out as any other "normal" day at the Chastain house.  The Captain was off to work, Rigg was fed and enjoying a lovely 30 minutes of Curious George, I was doing dishes, cleaning up breakfast...mom stuff.

Rigg was playing well by himself, climbing in and out of an empty laundry basket and driving his dump trucks around, so I decided it was OK if I busied myself in the other room for a minute.

It turned out to be NOT OK.

Whilst in the other room I heard a strange clicking noise, made note... did not skedaddle to see what it was. Clicking continues. After a few minutes, I finally get up and go see what it is.

What met my eyes when I entered the room could be considered the most horrendous moment of my being Rigg's mom...

Rigg was sitting on the floor in front of the TV cabinet gleefully whacking the eject slide of the Captains brand new XBOX with his tiny fist.

As I stood frozen in place from shock... he started to giggle.

I think steam might have billowed out of my ears.

I ran* over to him, removed him from the XBOX zone. Firmly stated NO (maybe a few dozen times) and smacked his little hand. I placed him on the couch and turned back to the crime scene... and burst into tears.
( *it was probably more of a fast waddle)

I sat on the floor in front of the mangled XBOX and tried with all my might to get the eject slide to go back in. It wouldn't budge. Whatever Rigg had done, he had done it well. I was gentle... not going in. I was not so gentle... still not going in. As I sat on the floor cradling the broken XBOX, I cried. Rigg sat on the couch cradling his red, throbbing hand and cried...
Appropriate...

I was so upset...the XBOX had been the Captain's birthday present. He never asks for anything, but this year he said he would like a XBOX. So with a good sale and a great gift card and a little extra $$ we were able to get it. He really liked it...played it all of 5 times...

and then along came a 17 month old... and a mom who wasn't watching.

When I realized I was not smart enough, nor talented enough to fix it... I knew I had to call the Captain and relay the bad news... the death of his new toy. He picked up on the second ring... "I have some really bad news. Rigg broke your XBOX. (burst into hot tears) I am SO sorry."

His response... "Oh, is that all, I thought you were going to tell me Rigg got into a cabinet and he drank some bleach or something." 

IS THAT ALL? WHO IS THIS MAN?

He then proceeded to try to calm me down and said it was just a toy... a piece of plastic, that he loved Rigg and me much more then any game...
I reminded him it was a very expensive piece of plastic and that it was something he really wanted and Rigg and I turned out to be much cheaper per use then the XBOX... I am not sure why I was trying to persuade him to be angry or upset... I just knew I was both of those things, and I hadn't even played the thing. He continued to say he was not upset... these things happen when you have little children ( I was thinking... they shouldn't if they had a mother who was watching them!) and that it was going to be OK.

He was right. I called the store they said it was returnable... we went out last night and exchanged our broken, sorry excuse for a gaming system for a(nother) new XBOX.

The Captain suggested we put it on top of the TV cabinet this time. I agreed.

When I recounted this story to a close friend, she replied. Well, that is the response of a man who has lost a daughter and has had brain surgery... perspective and priorities...

God had much mercy on me yesterday. I am so thankful... for a really great return policy, for the store having one in stock, for a husband that didn't even flinch at my "horrible news", for a husband that is a GREAT example of what I should be and how I should forgive, and for a moment I can now look back on and see how much God cares for me... even in the "small" things of life.

I just hope He doesn't have to care for me in that way again...

8 comments:

Lindsey said...

The "*it was probably more of a fast waddle" cracked me up! :)

Lindsay said...

I was thinking exactly what your friend said...he has been given much worse news than this...his perspective is much different.

And I agree with the other Lindsey...the fast waddle got a laugh out of me...along with the image of you and Rigg crying together (yes, I laughed...but more of a "bless her heart" chuckle).

I'm feeling a phone date soon...

Corinne said...

Cari,
I read your blog often (you could say I stalk it, but I see you stalk others so I don't feel as bad). I work with Andy (though he allows me to call him Drew, but that is beside the point). I LOVE your blog. Your husband CRACKS.ME.UP. As of yesterday, I know to question almost anything he says... yesterday he told me it was his birthday, but since I stalk, I knew it was in October (shhh, don't tell him that is how I found out.) You are a beautiful writer. I can hear you saying what you are writing and can always paint a wonderful picture in my mind of what is going on. I love it!!! I know how you are feeling with the "fast waddle", I was there. My last pregnancy, I was 56 inches around WITH ONE CHILD IN MY BELLY. I was asked on numerous occasions if I was carrying twins.
I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know how much I love your blog.

Corinne

katherine said...

oh friend! i love you :)

we can't wait to see you again. and so soon!!

sabo family said...

Even the most watchful mom can have debacles :).

Such a funny picture to imagine little Rigg massaging his wounded hand while you sit and cry. I know you'll look back one day and laugh.

Rhonda said...

This post made me laugh and cry. You are a great writer and story-teller!

Just Me - The Champion said...

I love this story. It shows how absolutly sweet you are that you cared so much about your husband's new toy and it also says so much about your awesome husband. I can't wait for you to have another baby to add to the mix. These kinds of stories aren't funny while happening but fun to tell others as time passes. Im also relieved Captain received a new XBOX. Keep writing. Peace, jen

Julie : ) said...

oh rigg....you are so
lucky....