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The Story of an Antler
Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011 by

antler on car

In the Burger King drive-through:

Me:  What is that down there?

My Son:  I can’t tell.

Me:  (Rolling down the window.)  Hmmmm…

My Son:  It’s an antler!  Hold on!

(Son gets out of the car and grabs the single worn antler from the drive-through lane.)

Me:  You are NOT putting that antler on my car.

My Son:  Yes I am!

During the next five minutes we discuss how not to put an antler in a window, my son almost gets his hand caught in the window, I beg him to take the antler off the window and then we drive away with a single antler pointing happily towards the sky.  Connected to my window.


After that it became a competition.  The antler is taken off.  The antler is snuck back on.  A few weeks after Christmas I managed to hide it and forgot all about it.  Until last week, when it was discovered and placed back on the car.  In January.

But sometimes life throws attachment in your face when you least expect it.

This morning my son opened the window while we were driving.  And then I heard him scream.


I looked in my rear view mirror and sure enough, there was a single, lonely antler in the road.  And it was becoming smaller and smaller as I watched.

Sheer panic.  “Mom.  You have to go back.  YOU HAVE TO GO BACK!”

My mind spun a million different ways within a second.  And then I made a u-turn.  My son bolted out of the car.  Says I?  “Wait!  Here is my camera… TAKE A PICTURE!”

car antler

Seeing him race to the car with an antler in his hand and grin on his face made me think.  Not all parents would have turned around to get that old worn antler.  But I did.  Had I become attached to that stupid thing?

No.  My attachment to my son made me turn around.  Sometimes it is the little things that make life good.  No, that make life great.  Today I made my son smile.  And it felt good.

The next time you see something in the middle of the road, stop.  Because you never know what might bring you the next moment of joy.

Now where can I hide that antler?

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  • What a great post. I know your son appreciated you turning around to get his worn antler. It’s a fun game you can play through the summer. I’m sure you’ll turn a few heads too.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  • It’s amazing what you do for your kids isn’t it? Like put 1 ugly antler on your car to make him smile… or playing hide and seek with it.

    I’d try the dash… with a piece hanging out BUT not too much you wouldn’t want to give it away.


  • People that don’t have kids just don’t get it. The things we do for our kids is amazing! Good for you for stopping to get it for him.

  • I was a little concerned because I thought you were talking about a real antler. Then I wondered where the rest of the deer was. I was really glad to see the photo! And you are such a good Mama for going back to get your son’s “treasure”.

  • I am absurdly fond of those silly little antlers. I don’t blame your son for getting attached to it. I am glad you went back to get it for him.

  • Oh, that’s too funny. You’re a good mommy for turning around, and a GREAT blogger for always having your camera ready! HA!

    • You know, having a cell phone with a camera has been AWESOME for blogging! I think my first was when I dropped a liter of Coke in the store and it exploded. Then I dropped some other kind of thing that went everywhere in 7-11…. I don’t hesitate to stop and take a picture, no matter who is looking. I figure I did something dumb already, why not top it off and make people laugh even more!

  • Hea_morg

    This is why I love you Neighbor! YOu Rock!

  • What a great mom you are! I wonder if the previous owner of the Antler snuck their window down and let it fall out in the drive-through while their kid wasn’t looking?

    • Ha ha! Maybe the first antler got dumped in the dunkin donuts line, with antler number two to follow at BK. Their loss! 🙂

  • Clairity

    Your son is so cute and you’re a great mom. I would’ve done the same! I love seeing my kids smile too 🙂

  • You’re a fun mom!
    That will make a great memory for you all! 🙂

  • Saelen

    I love that you turned around. Of course the “things” I never want to see in the middle of the road are my kids! 🙂

    Nice story.

    • Oh not to worry… he is 15, it was an old country road and no one was in sight. It was a quick dash to the antler and back, no cars either way. You know, my OTHER son washed my car this weekend and I realized the antler is gone… I need to ask him about that… not sure where it went and we NEED it!

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