Your Nightmare Fuel (tm the TV Tropes Wiki) for the week:

Had the TV set to Treehouse as a pleasant background noise while writing. Just happened to turn around as Rolie Polie Olie opened on the classic shot of mom and pop-bot snoring away, just seconds prior to their kid-bots storming in –

– and just parenthetically, how do people with lots and lots of kids do that? I mean, the ones with a serious collection, six or eight or so (as Pat McManus, himself the father of four daughters, puts it, “A simple, inexpensive hobby that somehow got out of hand”). My small nephews – currently aged eleven, eight and three – routinely make it seem as though my sister houses at least a dozen; I have no idea what it must be like to expand that experience exponentially.

– Anyway, so mom and pop Polie are snoring, and I’m smiling in vague anticipation, and everything’s all very peaceful and Parental Advisory Council-approved, when suddenly…the headboard blinks. In a single moment of horrified revelation, it hits me: the bed has eyes. Actually, everything on Planet Polie has eyes, up to and including the containers in the fridge, which is freaky enough, but – c’mon, the Polies have kids! And don’t tell me they’re robots, they probably just built the little ones in the backyard. There are two ruddy genders on this planet, and their beds have eyes. Also, mouths. Doesn’t stop with just the ‘rents, either. Can you imagine the hell that must be the teenage boy-bot’s nighttime, on this plan?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. solo_1
    Apr 13, 2008 @ 18:56:33

    I was always turned off of that cartoon if I could – everything having eyes and being “alive” always bothered me.

    My MIL had 5 kids really close together, had no car, a tight budget & a hubby who was away alot as a travelling salesperson – when I asked her how she managed she said she really didn’t – the bigger kids basically looked out for the younger ones (except she learned in later years that there was not always exactly a lot of “care” involved – as sticking younger kids heads in the toilet did happen!) She said the house was always a total disaster and she was just happy that at the end of each day she had all the kids accounted for without major injuries!

    But they all survived and she is the best MIL you could imagine, so she sure did it right..

  2. shoebox2
    Apr 13, 2008 @ 19:12:42

    Yeah, that’s pretty much what I figured – “when you’re fond, you cope”, to quote Catherine Cookson. I s’pose what seems to the observer a stark mass of chaos is to their mother a bunch of individual kids with specific needs, and that’s great.

    Still, though…this whole line of contemplation is not doing much for my maternal instincts. šŸ™‚

  3. stmarysalice
    Apr 14, 2008 @ 11:40:34

    Just imagine the gossip fodder a used furniture store would be on that planet. That would be enough to keep the show going for a few more seasons.

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