Scene: In the car on the way home from first day back to school.
HRH: Jade and Sean got to stay up to see the ball drop.
Manic Mommy: Really? Do you know what that is? I can show it to you on the computer when we get home.
Home and settled, MM clicks over to YouTube searching "Ball Drop, Times Sq, New Year's Eve". Voila!
MM: Hey guys! Come watch the ball drop!
(watching Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, et al., hugging)
HRH: So? When does it drop?!
Gremlin: What does it break?!
MM: It doesn't really "drop," it just sort of slides down a pole and lights up.
Gremlin: It doesn't drop on anything?
MM: Um, no. That's just one of the ways we celebrate the new year here in America. You see, we --
Boys depart kitchen, eyes rolling.
Better luck next year, guys.
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