I managed to make it through seven years of parenting without building a leprachaun trap. Until today, when I remembered that Zip is supposed to bring one to school tomorrow. The realization triggered an oh $*#@ moment because we already had a jam-packed day and when the heck was there time to build a leprachaun trap? I also quickly realized that, in this family, building a leprachaun trap would be no small project. Of course not!
Me: I’m not sure. Let me look it up. Ummm…the internet says 5 inches tall.
Zip: Okay, well, we need a box big enough for that. And we can’t do the stick-and-box trap. Leprachauns already know all about that. It won’t fool them.
Me: What if we make a trap door on top of the box?
Zip: Yeah! But we need something to close on top so the leprachaun doesn’t climb out.
Me: Of course.
Zip: What if we have a flap held up by a stick and it has a coin attached by a clear string. Like one of those invisible strings. And when the leprachaun grabs the coin, it will pull the stick and the flap will fall over the opening! That is my idea.
Me: Okay, that is a….great idea. (Secretly thinking: That is a very complicated idea that sounds like a lot of work.)
Hubby: What about a spinning trap door? We can use rubberbands and stretch them across, so the door flips closed after the leprachaun falls in.
Bee chiming in: I want to make a leprachaun trap too! I’m going to dig a hole by a big tree. I’ll need some string and a net and some rocks. Then when the leprachaun presses the gold button, the rocks will fall on it!
Zip: Bee, you can’t do that. You’ll kill the leprachaun. (Wisely said the big brother.) Momma, that hole isn’t big enough! The leprachaun is 5 inches tall. It can just reach over and grab the coin. We need it to step on the trap door.
Me: I guess I’ll cut it bigger then.
Bee: Leprachauns are animals!
Me: I think leprachauns are little people, Bee.
Bee: Did you know we’re talking animals? Because people are animals and we’re talking.
Zip: Hey, leprachauns are magic, aren’t they? What if it uses magic to get the coin and it doesn’t step on the trap. (He’s worried. Clearly the kid is a bonafide believer.)
Me: I think that’s a chance we have to take. Or we can glue the coin down so that the magic doesn’t work and the leprachaun has to pick it up.
Zip: Yeah! That is a GREAT idea! Hmmm, is the leprachaun going to get hurt when it falls in the box? Maybe we should make a pillow for it to land on.
One $20 trip to the store later and waaaay past bedtime, we finally have a leprachaun trap fit for a…well…leprachaun? I’m pretty sure we’re going to catch one. But don’t worry, it won’t get hurt. We made it a pillow.