Find the Prickly

We have this game we play at our house called Find the Prickly. It’s painful and it’s a “game” in the same sense that the Hunger Games were actually a “game.” Here’s how it started:

Tim gave me a beautiful plant for Christmas. It was a miniature pine tree/plant thing with tiny ornaments. It smelled like Christmas and it was beautiful. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to show you, I didn’t think things would end up this way and so I didn’t take a picture for posterity.

The instructions on the plant basically said this: This plant needs constant sunlight but not too much and it needs constant attention but not too much and it will probably die.

So I enjoyed it while it lasted. We brought it upstairs when we moved and it sat on our windowsill until it was beyond dead. We finally threw it away. But here’s the thing. This plant has life beyond death. Before it was taken out it somehow managed to spread its tiny needles all. over. the. apartment. And every now and then it reminds us of our failure to keep it alive.

Hence, the game. Find the Prickly goes like this: You are walking along, minding your own business when all of a sudden, HOLY ASPARAGUS WHAT THE HECK JUST WENT INTO MY FOOT??!! You lift up your foot expecting to see a spear, or at the very least a toothpick sticking out of the pad of your foot but there is nothing there.

This is the tricky part of the game. You win if said prickly is sticking out of your foot. It’s a win because it means there is ONE LESS PRICKLY. Most of the time though, the prickly stays on the floor and when you run your hand over the carpet trying to find it, it might bite you again, but you will never find it. Never. Until you step on it again tomorrow, of course.

I had a win 2 days ago. Not only was the prickly stuck to my toe, but it went all the way inside my toe. That was not so fun to remove, but once I did I took joy in destroying it. You might be thinking, how small are these pricklies? Somehow they are so much smaller than they were when they were on the plant. I don’t know why or how. I tried to take a picture of one sticking out of my finger but it was so small that the camera on my smartphone refused to acknowledge there was anything there and wouldn’t focus.

I did manage to find a picture on the internet, however. Apparently we’re not the only ones with this problem. It’s magnified times 1,000. Check it out:

Cartoon sword — Stock Vector

If your life is lacking excitement, come on over and play Find the Prickly with us.

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