In 2006, Dan's
nephew was born. A few days later, on our way to see a movie,
we stopped by this really cool toy store and bought a baby toy:
a small blue elephant. While we were waiting for the movie to
start, Dan started goofing off with the elephant, making him sing
and dance, and mostly making me laugh.
At the time,
we had widely different schedules, and didn't see each other much
during the week. So we started taking turns setting up the elephant
in funny "scenes" (cooking, listening to old tapes,
writing bad checks, etc.) for the other person to find when coming
back home... just for a few laughs...
After a few
weeks, we still hadn't sent the gift, and I decided that we should
keep the elephant: he was started to get a little dirty, and quite
frankly, I was getting really attached to him! I told Dan I would
stop by the toy store on the way home from work to get a new elephant
which we would send his nephew as originally intended.
And then we
had two elephants....
This could have
easily turned into us having a house full of blue stuffed elephants!
Thankfully, I found the elephant manufacturer on the Internet and
shipped the third toy without ever seeing it!