Prior to the release of the “new” Smurf movie, most children wouldn’t have known who these cute little blue and white creatures were. At school when the student’s mouths would be all blue after lunch I would ask, “Did you eat a Smurf for lunch?” With a blank stare in reply, “No…I had a popsicle. What is a Smurf?” ugh…They can describe the newest Call of duty game but they don’t know about these miniscule bundles of joy that worked together, helped others, and shared love with all they met. (Even Gargamel) I have not watched the new movie but the scary looking Smurfs on the commercials make it easy for me to save the $50 and a trip to the theater. YET I know if my sister was with us, she would have taken my daughter regardless of how scary or computer looking they might be.
My bed was adorned with Garfield sheets, stuffed animals (the few I had in life), and posters BUT on the other side of the wall atop all the purple flowered wall covering were Smurf posters and empty packages that once held a Smurf. Heidi had Smurf’ bedding, pillows, stuffed animals (way too many), and anything else marketing came up with to sell. Heidi’s goal was to own at least one of each of the over 100 Smurfs. I think she was close too.
In the early eighties, we watched the Smurf’s cartoon on television EVERY day. If you are familiar with the Smurfs you will remember Gargamel had an orange cat, Azrael. And what color is Garfield? Hmm…Do you know where this is going? You know where this is going don’t you? That’s right; Garfield would chase down the Smurfs and eat them. I would laugh until I nearly wet myself while Heidi cried and ran to tattle on me. It was great until my parents figured out how to even the score.
Today’s photo is an illustration of the oversized Smurf given to Heidi for Christmas one year. A Smurf “big enough to even eat Garfield” my Dad said. Heidi’s typical joyful smile went to one of revenge and scheming – do you see it? She ran upstairs and started to attack every Garfield smaller than her gigantor Smurf. Oh my gosh, I laugh just thinking about it. From that Christmas on – Garfield and I were more cautious before entering the land of blue and white because one never knew where the Smurf on steroids might be hiding.
So much fun!
What is your favorite sibling tease as a child?
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Lisa M Buske
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