I realize that this Destination Disney Meme is about sharing pictures that have to do with the letter of the week. But I have more of a story to share. This is in honor of my good friend, Heidi, who loves all things Disney and hosts this meme. Which is why I am participating this week. 🙂
The funny thing about our family is that while we love Disney, we haven’t made it to one of the parks yet. I mean, I went when I was 5 years old, but I am the only one who has ever been to one. We have talked about it over the years, but Chandler just didn’t have any interest until now. So I am sure we will have to save some pennies and get him there sooner or later.
Now I imagine you are wondering why M is for Bob and Mrs. Bob. Why am I confusing the letter B with the letter M? I really do have a good reason. You see, when Chandler was just a little guy, he had a set of stuffed figures which resembled the characters in this picture:
While the rest of the world referred to these characters as Mickey and Minnie, Chandler insisted that their names were Bob and Mrs. Bob. We have no idea why. It was just the way it was at the time. If we tried to correct him, he would become extremely distressed.
I tried to locate his Bob and Mrs. Bob, but they are packed away somewhere that after several moves, I just cannot find them yet. I am sure I will lay my hands right on them when I am no longer feverishly looking for them. But they were kind of like this:
Only not nearly as nice. We actually purchased them at Walmart for about $5 or less each. But you get the idea…
Chandler took Bob and Mrs. Bob everywhere. They were his real imaginary friends. He needed to know Bob’s opinion on just about everything. If we went to the zoo, he had to make sure that Bob saw everything too. Bob was Chandler’s favorite. But Chandler insisted that we have Mrs. Bob too since they were
Chandler also had a fascination during those years, like most little boys, with things that crashed and blew up. He still does…who am I kidding here? Anyway, during this time, Gary was the Cubmaster for our local troop. We had a fun pack meeting planned and it even included a cannon that we were going to shoot candy out of for the kids. You can see where this is about to go, right?
We went over to our friend’s house to try the cannon out so we were prepared. We all thought it would be fun to shoot Bob and Mrs. Bob out of the cannon for Chandler. We placed them in the cannon and set it off, anticipating the fun of watching Chandler’s friends fly through the air. We did not anticipate that they would emerge from the cannon on fire. When we got the fire put out, Bob had scorch marks across his face and a melted hole in his butt. Mrs. Bob had scorch marks and a melted shoe. Chandler was hysterical.
Chandler was also convinced at this age that anything mom put in the washing machine came out new. He begged me to wash his friends. So we took home the scorched critters and I quietly placed them elsewhere and started a load of laundry. Meanwhile Dad ran to Walmart and managed to snag another set of friends for Chandler.
I still have the scorched Bob and Mrs. Bob. They are just packed away really, really safe. So safe I don’t know where they are at the moment. If I ever manage to put my hands on them, I’ll snap a photo and then post them and link to this blog entry.
And now you know why M is for Bob and Mrs. Bob. 🙂