OK, so let’s get something straight, this really isn't an ode. An ode is defined as "a lyric
poem with complex stanza forms", which this clearly isn't. There really isn't a lyric part to
this, and, if there are complex stanza forms there are sufficiently complex that I can't
recognize them. However, if there's someone out there who wants to try and put this to music, I
will let them. (Lillian? Up for a challenge?)
Another thing, the watch I'm writing this to isn't actually the watch shown in the picture, its
just sorta’ similar. The watch I'm dedicating this to is actually a lot more beat up with little
melted bumps on the face that came from welding. (At least, that's where I imagine they came
from since I can't think of too many other things that fling off sparks hot enough to melt watch
faces that this watch has actually seen.)
Now, why would I write a little snippet about a watch? Well, because this is an awesome watch.
I got this watch from my dad a few years back. Not sure how many years back, but a few. He
noticed I needed a watch and so he gave it to me, right there on the spot. (And, by way of
information, that's not the first time he's actually given me a watch that he owned simply
because I didn't have one. He's the man, but I digress.) (That is also, incidentally why I
think the little melted spots are from welding, my dad welds. I don't, in case you're
wondering.) This watch has, since that time, been with me through a lot of stuff. Many years
of school, some research, attractions, children, pregnancies, and a whole host of other stuff
that watches are there for. (Watching you? Who named them watches anyway?) During this time
it has faithfully kept time and dates without a word of complaint. Sure its been a little slow
sometimes, but its been on its game for the most part.
However, this stuff, no matter how great, isn't really ode worthy stuff. No, what makes this a
compelling tale (OK, so maybe not that compelling. Still deserves a song though.) is the fact
that recently the watch has stepped up to the plate, so to speak, and has begun fulfilling
another purpose above and beyond its designed function. Magnified its calling, so to speak.
What has it done? Well, nothing short of stopped my kids from fussing for extended periods of
time again and again, and for that it deserves accolades. (Maybe a trophy of some kind, what
sort of a trophy would you give to a watch?)
I first noticed it doing its mojo in church a few months back. We were sitting there and Tori
was being a bit of a snot. (I know, shocking. But its true.) She was still a little young for
Nursery and I was kinda’ at wits end. Anyway, I was trying to calm her down and she noticed the
watch, started playing with it, and immediately calmed down. What a watch!
Since that time it has come into play again and again, and not just with Tori, with Landon and
Ella as well. It can (And has) distracted all of them at various times for various lengths of
times. And, what makes the watch even better, is that its silent. It is hard to press the
buttons, so they can't do that and make it beep. Its all made of plastic, so there are not loud
noises on wooden benches. And then, once its job of distracting is complete, it returns to
keeping time again with nary a complaint.
Now that is truely praiseworthy, so lets hear it for the watch!!