I got this in the mail today: A vinyl record of Steve Martin’s Let’s Get Small album in a broken frame, surrounded by raw macaroni noodles.
Where do I start?
Thanks to a combination of my Mom and brother Will I grew up listening to this record (and another Steve Martin album, A Wild and Crazy Guy) - so it’s probably an understatement to say that this record had a HUGE influence on my sense of humor.
So it was a wonderfully sweet gift for my Aunt Sue to send me a framed copy of the record.
She filled the package with raw macaroni noodles because my Aunts (and my Mom, and my brothers, and me, and all of my friends) love running gags.
I am a picky eater. My wife deals with it every time she cooks dinner. But as a child I was an incredibly picky eater. One of the things I did enjoy eating was Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, so at family gatherings my parents always made sure that it was served so I didn’t stress about eating dinner. This even included Thanksgiving dinner.
My Aunt Sue and Aunt Carol LOVE to talk about how that is all I would eat, and sensing that the story embarrassed me, they have now resumed serving it at all family meals. On top of that they once picked me up at the airport with a dish of Macaroni & Cheese while wearing Kraft boxes as hats, and adorning me in Macaroni Noodle necklaces. They even tried to find a way to bring a dish of Macaroni & Cheese to my wedding reception.
So that my Aunt Sue filled the package with loose macaroni noodles is also very fitting.
That the frame broke was a sad accident, but it led to a ridiculous package opening.
I could hear something loose rattling around, and I could see from the return address it was from my Aunt Sue, so I opened it carefully. I looked in and saw Steve Martin wearing a balloon hat and Groucho glasses, surrounded by noodles and giant shards of very sharp glass.
I then spent half an hour trying to carefully remove the record while not cutting myself or spilling the dangerous glass (or the safe noodles) across my floor. A great gift delivered in an absurd fashion.
Thanks Aunt Sue!