Danny was relaxing in the den and listening to an Elton John album. Eyes closed, he was immersed in one of his favorites Elton John songs, “Tiny Dancer.” Suddenly the music stopped. Danny opened his eyes, looked at the stereo, and saw that all the system’s lights were off.
He got up and pressed the on-off switch a few times, but to no avail. He checked to make sure it was still plugged into the wall outlet. It was. Then Danny went to the circuit box to make sure the circuit breaker that powered the den’s outlet hadn’t tripped. It was fine.
Perplexed, Danny opened the top drawer of the cabinet the stereo was sitting on to see if he could find the instruction manual for the stereo. But the instructions were missing.
Danny’s little sister, Pam, came prancing into the room. “Have you seen the stereo instructions?” Danny asked her. “It suddenly stopped working.
“It’s under the flower pot on the dining room table,” Pam said.
“What the hell is it doing there?” Danny asked.
“Mom was watering the plant and overfilled the pot,” Pam explained, “so she asked me to get her something to put underneath it before it ruined the finish on the table, and all I could find was the stereo instructions manual.”
Danny ran into the dining room, lifted up the potted plant, and pulled the manual from underneath it. The soaked manual pretty much disintegrated in his hand.
“That’s just great,” Danny lamented.
“Get over it,” Pam said. “I’m sure if you just google it, you’ll be able to find the instructions online and then you can print them out. Even I know that, big brother.”
Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are flower pot, stereo instructions, and dancer.