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I'll Take Plastic

By Seth Kabala

“Flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep,” said Cogsworth of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on what the Beast might give Belle to win her affections. Beast gave her a library. Showoff.

Short a library, plus a daughter who can’t read, I offered the next best thing: a piece of plastic.

I was holding Ella, our eight-month-old, after getting home from work. We walked to the kitchen so I could put my work access card on the hook underneath the to-pay … someday bill rack.

Instead of pulling the clip off my pocket, to which the card was attached by a nylon string that’s hooked up to a retractable reel on the clip, I grabbed hold of the card and pulled, having a nightmare about being back at work. When I realized what I was doing, I let the card go, which snapped back to my hip.

Ella saw this and chuckled, that low rumble in a baby that produces a hint of a grin, indicative of the potential joy possible if the cause of the happiness infection is further indulged.

I recognized this and gave her the card. She grabbed it, and after a moment of nothing happening, looked pissed. Like WTF, Dad? I was expecting big things here.

I moved her grip so she was holding the clip. Then I pulled the card away until the tension on the string overcame Ella’s grip strength, and the clip zipped toward the card in my hand, the string rushing into the reel until it hung at the top of the card, as if by magic.

The giggle meter jumped to 75% power. I repeated, and the giggles blew through the red and shattered the gauge. Ella’s face flushed red, cheeks shiny from skin stretched into a huge grin, body bouncing to the point I had to tighten my grip around her waist.

I held the card in one hand and pulled the clip away the width of my wingspan. Zeeeeee. The card rushed toward the clip, and Ella continued her bouncing workout on my hip, laughing all the way.

Cheap entertainment, made possible by the presence of Dad, and plastic.

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Seth Kabala

About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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