Wednesday, December 02, 2009

What I Don't Understand



Good grief. Yesterday while taking a walk, I passed a yard with an inflatable Santa lying on his side, half-inflated, and appearing as though he was writhing in pain while the wind brushed him to his side, then laid him on his stomach, brushed him to his side, then laid him on his stomach. I immediately thought of this post from a previous year and decided to post it yet once more:

Okay.

There's this verse in Proverbs about four things the author doesn't understand:

"There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:

the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
...the way of a man with a maiden."

And here's what Debra would add:

"...and the way people put those silly, gigantic inflatable Santas, snowmen and reindeer on their lawns."

I mean, really. Come on.

Everyday I take my walk around the neighborhood and everyday I see poor ol' Santas sprawled across lawns like spread-eagle pancakes beside their deflated plastic friends.

I don't understand the Christmas cheer of that.

In my mind, I always imagine the abominable snowman, at night, tromping across all those lawns, committing mass murder. Or that Santa and his friends got so cold, they decided to impale themselves rather than take one more freezing long night while having to keep those goofy grins upon their faces.

It's like, what are people thinking? Who wants to blow-up gigantic plastic characters over and over only to wake up in the morning and discover them strewn, pancake-style across the lawn--again?

Not me, anyway.

So, I guess, like Solomon, there are just some things which must be too amazing for me to understand, as well. :)

3 comments:

emma said...

my guess is that folks turn off the fan that keeps the characters inflated during the day and just have them running at night...save on electricity, i suppose. Dunno...never really 'got into' those kinds of decorations but i guess some enjoy. Who knew? :grin:

Pearl said...

Hah! What a hoot, it's so true but blow them up and see them come alive at night and watch the childrens eyes light up. I guess there's just some things us "grown-ups" just don't understand. I like the old fashioned ways too. Cheerio! Pearl

Saija said...

we have those inflatable things all around the neighbourhood too ... one of them is like a globe with snow swirling in it?