Because somehow they never fit.
Imagine my delight when my dear friend Ruth, aka Aunt Ruth, surprised the scallywag with his very first Mr. Potato Head for Christmas. I really was happy though. What made this one so wonderful? Besides all the extra pieces to create with, it also came inside its own carrying case. It's called, aptly enough, Mr. Potato Head's Silly Suitcase.
Hallelujah, problem for storage solved!
Within days of our return to Tokyo, the little one was happily putting his Mr. Potato Head together and taking him back apart. He stopped only after he discovered his favorite combination.
Lord help the person who attempted to alter the spud. The scallywag wasn't having any of it.
The funny thing was that I thought Mr. Potato Head looked like someone I had seen before. Seriously.
I had to sit back, look hard at this little toy and think about why it could even remotely look like anyone I'd seen before...and then it hit me.
Did y'all ever watch "In Living Color"? It was a comedy show created by the Wayans brothers in the 1990's and helped to launch the careers of Jim Carrey, J. Lo, and Jamie Foxx. It was pretty darn funny, at times it could be crude, and the show certainly didn't believe in being politically correct. My parents and I spent many a Sunday night laughing due to this half-hour show.
But let's go back to Mr. Potato Head...and Jamie Foxx.
He used to do a skit with a character called "Ugly Wanda". It was always the same bit: Wanda, an overly-exaggerated unfortunate looking woman, on the search for romance, scared the living daylights out of all her suitors due to her appearance and mannerisms. Wanda thought she was the bees knees, of course, which made the situation all the more hilarious. Jamie Foxx would contort his face into the most ridiculous expressions while in character and those faces greatly resembled that of our current Mr. Potato Head.
Back to Mr. Potato Head...
and back to Wanda.
Now whenever I enter our living room and catch a glimpse of the scallywag's Mr. Potato Head, I have a sudden urge to break out with a sassy snap of the fingers and a: "I'm red'ta go."
Enjoy this blast from the past and a good laugh. I know we did!