Friday, November 26, 2010

Silent Night. Or Mayhem in the Stable.

Last night Ben, who's 4, came over to paint Xmas decorations to hang on the tree.
I'd bought some new figures for the nativity scene.
These included 3 wise men, or Kings, depending on your beliefs, and a camel.
There was an Angel with impressive wings; Mary, Joseph and of course the baby Jesus, complete with swaddling clothes and laying in a manger, accompanied by a sheep.
There was some cattle too.
I left them out on the table because I had a feeling Ben would be interested.

'OOh!' he said 'Whose are these toys Nanny?'

Ben is interested in God.
'God created the world.' he told me one day.
'God created me.' he went on.
Ahh bless him.
My heart warmed to his innocence.
'Yes Ben?'
'If God created us, who created God?' he asked.

So he looked at the figures and played with them a bit.
He asked who was who.
That was interesting.
For about a minute.

After some rearranging of the figures underneath a plant on the table, Joseph, without warning, changed from the Saint we all know and love, into a real bad guy.
He took off into the air flying above the gentle scene below.
Then he began to dive bomb Mary and the baby Jesus, resulting in him knocking over one of the three Kings.
'Ooops!' said Ben
"That's okay." I reassured him and uprighted the felled King..

But soon Joseph was off and flying once more.
He swooped down over Bethlehem, wreaking havoc on the Archangel and a second King.

Then, there was some kind of altercation down in the stable.
It all happened very quickly.
And ended abruptly when Joseph's head fell off
and bounced across the table landing a few feet away from his body.

Mary winced.

Joseph had obviously miscalculated his trajectory.
On the up sweep his head came into contact with the Angel's wings and that was it.
Game over.

'Oh no! I'm sorry Nanny.'
Ben was sad.
'No problem.' says I.
We'll use super glue.

That was a relief.
Ben held Joseph's head in one hand and his body in the other.

'Don't worry Zhofus.' he told him
'We're going to fix you.'

So we did.

And Peace reigned  over all the Earth once more.

The cattle lowed.
and the baby stirred.
The Kings offered their gifts.
Joseph took his place next to Mary.
Mary just gave him a look.

But she never said a word.


ChiTown Girl said...

LOVED this post!!!! I'm so glad you decided not to throw in the towel on NaBloPoMo! :)

Clippy Mat said...

Hey Cheech, thanks, Me too. :-)

C said...

how frikkin cute is this post? i loves it... ben is SO cute... any pictures please..?

Clippy Mat said...

C: I am wary of posting pics of the grandkids.... I'll have to ask permission because, or as Ben says, 'percos' they are all so damn cute. x

Steve said...

Ah... a parable for our times...!

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

This is a classic. I bet Mary had words after the guests eventually left.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Mary has always been a very patient woman. We found that out when her husband could not find a proper room for her and she ended up birthing with the animals. She never complained or fussed at him.
Love this.
Love that Ben.

TechnoBabe said...

That wise Mary. It is good to learn when be quiet.

Pam said...

Great stuff Clippy! Warms my ginnels. X

Anonymous said...

LOL I loved this. Such a great story and hilarious photo break Down. I know this nativity well. Bless Ben he is so darn cute hahahaha. Love u. Jenn x x x