It started innocently enough. Waaaaaaaay back in January, when we were at Caligirl's house doing laundry, we started showing each other our favourite YouTube videos. Her son had one that he loved, that his teacher had shown to him in class.Charlie the Unicorn
And, ok, I admit it. I busted a gut. Charlie just tickles my funny bone in all the right (wrong?) places. BUT, Princess was watching with me. She didn't understand most of it (thank goodness!) but what she did understand, she LOVED. Since then we have been bombarded with requests for MORE! More Charlie! We rarely give in (twice?), but somewhere along the way, the other two got to see Charlie, and they love it too.
So when we went to Ontario, it was THEIR idea to show Uncle K the wonder that is Charlie. And every.single.person who walked in the door after that. Multiple times. The wonder that is Charlie was repeated.
Parts 1, 2 AND 3. Wedding prep turned into Charliefest '09.
They o.d.'ed on the Charlie.
And then, then, to my horror.....the reinactments began*. It culminated at the post-wedding brunch, when they sat a little too close to my new stepsisters who HORROR--had never seen Charlie! So the kids, cute and sweet little lambs that they are, had to tell the girls ALLLLLLL about it. First their favourite part. Then their other favourite part. Then their next favourite part, until one of the poor girls told them that she doesn't think she needs to watch Charlie, since she's now "seen" it all.
What a nice way to get to know your new family better.
The Charlie love continued. Stuffies were drafted. Songs were sung. Finally, I had to place a Charlie ban. Because I am the meanest mom in all the world.
But it still slips out. A tone of voice. A quick leoplurodon reference. A wink and a miming of a banana being put in someone's ear. Our house, it is thick with the inside joke.
So I would like to say the following:
Charlie? If you're out there, we've had enough. Actually, I'm sure you have too. Your little unicorn "pals" are a thorn in my side almost as much as they are yours. I want my life back, Charlie! Charlie? CHARLIE! Neither one of us deserves the pain and suffering. Let's forget we ever met.
*everyone's kidneys are fine. They don't understand that part.