Monday, December 8, 2008

Mixed Message

We were out holiday shopping and ducked into a little toy store that sells quaint wooden toys, mostly for toddlers and preschoolers. Many of the toys are handcrafted. A sign up front boasts that they’ll customize anything for you.

All decked out for Christmas, the store was reminiscent of Santa’s workshop. A bigger sign on the wall in the middle of the store announced a warm sentiment of the season:




And directly underneath the sign was this display:




I know everyone has an opinion on the gun issue, and a thoughtful argument to back up it up. And yeah, I played with cap guns when I was little and my brothers played war and we turned out fine. Well, maybe fine is a relative term, but let’s say we don’t want to go around shooting anyone.

It’s just that the juxtaposition of these images totally cracked me up. Really, an AK-47 is not the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of Tidings of Great Joy. Or toddler toys, for that matter. Does anything quite say Good Will Toward Men like a 9mm in baby’s stocking?

I see a Christmas card greeting here. Peace on Earth…or in this case, Piece on Earth. Maybe the inscription could read:

I went to buy the kids some blocks;
But then I found a pair of Glocks.
Instead of spreading Christmas cheer,
The tots are popping at reindeer.

18 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh my! The owner certainly wasn't thinking about proper product placement on that one! I told everyone NOT to buy my kids play guns, but noticed my boys can pretend gun play with just about anything. Somehow a few Star Wars blasters have emerged in the toybox, too. I tried...

Kim Kasch said...

Luckily my boys were more into video games, computer games and legos. I never had to make any choices.

PJ Hoover said...

Love the irony.
I'd opt out of the gun thing by offering to buy a sword instead!

LW said...

Oh wow, did you point it out to the owner of the store…

Louise


p.s. I enjoyed your seaside post.

Angela said...

Oh my goodness, the irony! (However, my boys would love to add these to their rubber band gun collection, lol)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That IS really funny. And I do wonder that Nobody working at that store questioned the entire display!

Bish Denham said...

Shaking head in amazement at how unaware some people are...

That said, my best friend and I played with guns growing up. He had a six shooter and a German Luger. We kaPOWed many a bad guy. It never occured to our parents that we were in any danger of becoming real killers.

Oh...did I mention the fact they were REAL guns? Sans bullets, but they were real!

Peace on earth...and broccoli on Mars.

adrienne said...

Kelly - They do have a way of sneaking in there...nerf guns, water pistols...

Kim - my son loved Legos, too - the Bionicles were always battling it out, though

Louise - I'm afraid when my kids started making fun of it by aiming at the puppet show in the back of the store, we thought we'd better just leave!

PJ - Might as well - little boys will turn anything into a sword!

Angela - Boy, they do have a wide selection available :-)

Green Girl - Maybe how much we were laughing at it tipped them off...

3rdEyeMuse said...

OMG! I am still giggling about this whole post - that card greeting at the end was a perfect topper!

adrienne said...

Bish - Hee-hee...broccoli on Mars.
That story is a little scary.

3rdeyemuse - I think I'll go with something a little more traditional ;)

GutsyWriter said...

Very humorous, which reminds me of a friend who was totally against giving her son a toy gun and then he'd picked up sticks and pretend they were guns. She just couldn't believe it.

Rena said...

OMGosh, now that's funny. I consider myself pretty religious, but hey, I live in Montana and everyone up here hunts. I don't personally, but lots do and it's a way of life for some. But that's pretty funny. Reminds me of the movie The Santa Clause when Scott is talking to his coworkers about Santa driving a tank ...

Rena said...

One more thing -- my sister was one of those moms who said "no guns" for her boys. Later on, she got a job where she does actual role plays with the US military. So my sister went from not allowing her kids to play with guns, to running around in the desert with AK-47s herself!

keri mikulski :) said...

Interesting. Love the poem. :)

adrienne said...

GutsyWriter - That stick thing is funny and true...but at least we can praise them for being inventive!

Rena - Funny story about your sister!

Keri - Thanks :)

ICQB said...

Oh, how funny!

We once lived in a very small town in the middle of Texas. There was a store whose sign read, "Guns, Liquor."

Stacy Nyikos said...

The irony couldn't get any better. I'm so glad I have two girls who, thankfully, are happy enough to with tussling and the usual beating your younger sister up routine, minus toy guns.

sruble said...

Ha! That cracks me up too - thanks for sharing!! Love your poem!