My daughter spun a tall tale last week about evil elves who live in her closet. It was yet another excuse to not sleep in her room. I checked her room out thoroughly and declared it to be free of elves, but she was not convinced and spent another night in mommy and daddy’s bed.
But what if I was wrong? What if there really are evil elves in there? I’m beginning to think that my daughter is telling the truth!
The other night I was cleaning up her room for the umpteenth time. Toys littered the floor, bed, and shelves. I gathered them all up, put some in boxes and bins, while others made their way to the garbage can. I left the room orderly and clean.
The very next night, there were toys all over the room again! Only these were (cue the spooky music) different toys. Some I’ve never seen before.
Where did they come from? How did they get thrown all over her room?
It suddenly dawned on me that elves make toys. And elves that are evil would delight in making toys that were broken, or had missing parts… The very toys that seem to populate my daughter’s room!
I can just imagine these malevolent munchkins, having been kicked out of the North Pole in disgrace, are now roaming the countryside, living in little girls’ closets and causing mayhem with their mad toy-making skills.
There’s just no other explanation for it.
This post first appeared on my blog on August 28, 2007. The elves still live in my daughter’s closet, but now they throw clothes around instead of toys.