To my neighbor with the giant chalk weiner on her driveway

Dear Neighbor,

Please do not be alarmed by the construction scene in your driveway. I had to take immediate and urgent action to preserve what may be the most important artifact in American folk art since Arlo Guthrie’s early draft of Alice’s Socialist Revolution Restaurant was uncovered in a Topeka grain silo. I’m trying hard to be modest, but you’ll have to excuse me if I sound a little braggy because I’m just so gosh darn proud– unbeknownst to us, we have another artist in the family! I guess that extra dollar in the church donation envelope really paid off! As we speak, a crew is now carefully excavating my son’s work to ensure the creation survives intact. We’re calling it: Giant Chalk Weiner.

MoMA is expecting the concrete slab to arrive Thursday so they can work around the clock to have it ready for display on Monday because (quoting the director) “a weiner this significant just can’t be hidden from the public.” We are, of course, super excited to have our second artist in the family with a gallery opening, but this means that unfortunately we are going to miss your cookout this weekend. Of course, if you wanted to reschedule your shindig in light of this seminal moment in the art world, I could probably score you some tickets to the premier, on account of it being your driveway and all.

I wish I could take some credit here, but this is really all my son’s doing. You see, state law requires that I “attend” my children under 8, so I was strategically positioned in the cul-de-sac to where I could probably monitor what my children were doing, but definitely finish my Fat Tire Amber Ale. Therefore, when the words “Hey, I can draw a weiner–watch!” drifted to my ear, I didn’t immediately leap up to capture the moment for posterity, or at least a humorous Tweet, because I was fostering independence in my children by ignoring them completely.

Thanks for being so understanding about the mess. Katie Couric is going to stop by later to shoot an interview, can we use your house as a backdrop? Not the driveway of course, they won’t have the new cement poured until next Tuesday, maybe Thursday tops. We’d do the GMA shoot in our yard but my azeleas are a hot mess this year what with the long winter and all. Also, your new siding looks great!


The Nostrikethat family



3 thoughts on “To my neighbor with the giant chalk weiner on her driveway

  1. Love your style! Made me laugh out loud on several occasions.

    PS — I have been using your coined “ignore parenting” phrase numerously. While on vacation, and as the kids were in a particularly loud and boisterous mood in the lobby of a nice restaurant, I heard my husband exclaim to some annoyed patron, “Sheesh. Where are these kids’ parents?”


    1. thanks! It is a constant balancing act between “good ignore” and “negligent ignore”– I hope I end up on the side of the former more than the latter!!


  2. Homer: [on the phone] Yeah, Moe, that team sure sucked last night. They just plain sucked. I’ve seen teams suck before but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked.

    Marge: Homer.

    Homer: Oh, I gotta go, my damn wiener kids are lookin’ at me.

    Bart, Lisa: We are not wiener kids!

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