Alvin & the Chipmunks...an Epic Tale
First of all, you should know, my Dad is kind of a dork. That said, this photo has a story. So go get your Jammie's on, a cup of ...whatever and get ready for story time.
I had a great childhood. We had everything we needed, lots of kids to play with, a Mom and Dad who loved us like crazy, but not a lot of money. So, when my older brother (who was 4 or 5 at the time) broke the T.V., my parent's didn't replace it. Needless to say, I grew up (in the 70's) without a T.V. Sad, I know. But like I said, I had a great childhood...and friends who had T.V.'s. But that left the time at home to find other things to do. Those other things usually included records (and for those of you who don't know what records are...GET OFF THE BLOG!).
At Christmas time, before the Carpenters came on the scene, we had Alvin & the Chipmunks. Our favorite song in the ENTIRE world was The Chipmunk Song, or Christmas, Christmas Time is Here. In my father's defense, if I heard that song 12 times an hour on a record that skipped and had 5 - 7 small children pinching their noses and singing it at the top of their lungs, I'd probably do something similar to what he ended up doing.
What did he end up doing? Well, one dark day, pretty close to Christmas, he "accidentally" stepped on our favorite record...the one that "someone" left "laying on the floor." We were devastated. But like I said, we didn't have a lot of money and "couldn't replace it."
Well, as we got older we got wise to the old man (as we got a few days older...we weren't stupid). But we, for the most part, got over it. Over the past few Christmases we've taunted him with The Chipmunk Song at Christmas time and watched as he covered his ears, then laughed and turned up the music. But this year, we hit pay dirt! Alvin & the Chipmunks live action movie hit the scene, and the other night when my nieces said they were going to ask Grandpa to take them to the movie it was like my dream come true.
So tonight, I sat next to my father as he sat through not only The Chipmunk Song, but several renditions...including Hip Hop. Oh, sweet revenge!
P.S. He just tried to tell me (30 years later) that "it was an accident!" Right.