How many times have you watched A Christmas Story this holiday season? In our household, my husband’s father absolutely loves the movie. He was born and brought up in Cleveland, Ohio. The movie apparently was filmed in Cleveland but was suppose to look like a town in Indiana. Christmas Day we had both sides of our families over to celebrate the holiday. A Christmas Story was on continuously all day long so we watched it about 5 times throughout the day.
Our youngest son has been asking for a BB gun for a while now since he attended Cub Scout camp this past summer and learned how to use one. My husband and I had talked about it as a Christmas gift for our son. But I was a little hesitant about it since he is only 10 years old. We decided to wait a little longer. Christmas Day my son came to me because he kept watching A Christmas Story. He referenced where Ralphie looks behind the desk to find his Red Rider BB gun waiting for him. He wanted to know when he could get one since Ralphie was about his age in the movie. I told my son that maybe if he worked really hard on his math facts and finished the program that he is working on at school that maybe that would be a great motivator to reach his goals.
The day after Christmas my husband tells me that he is going to take our son over to Cabela’s since he has been asking to go and look around for a very long time.
My husband and I had had a couple of conversations before and after Christmas that went something like this: Husband – “I would love to tell our son to look behind the desk to find a Red Rider BB gun sitting there on Christmas morning but I know you wouldn’t think it was a good idea.” After finding out they are going to a hunting and fishing store. Wife asks, – ” You aren’t going to buy him a BB gun are you?” Husband – “Oh no, we are just going to look around.”
Husband and son go off and come back a couple hours later. Son with huge smile on his face returns with an air rifle BB gun. Son says to father, “I will go get your Red Rider from the car if you want.” Wife says to husband, “You got one too?” Husband says, “Yes, I didn’t want to stand outside in the cold and not have fun too.” Wife gives up!! Merry Christmas Everyone!
It is amazing how A Christmas Story has such an impact on a father and son and creates such a bond between them. Later my husband said to me, “You should have seen his face light up. I had to get it for him. He was so excited.” How can you get mad at your husband knowing what that feeling feels like to see your child so happy and as the parent you know you made it happen. My husband got to experience his own small moment in his day. It is priceless!