Vinnie Offers To Help His Mom Find Eye Lines


Vinnie’s Mom rolls a five. Vinnie hands the dice to his dad, “Dad, I want to go last.”

“Why, Vinnie?”

“I’ve been thinking. I invented a new game. Clue is boring. I already know the murderer, weapon and room, but you won’t let me tell you. Face it, Dad, Clue is out of date. The only people who like to play it are old people.”

“Vincent, you were the one to suggest Clue. And, we are not old, says Vinnie’s mom.

“Mom, when do you become old? I don’t want to be old, Mom. When will you be old? Is Dad old?”

Vinnie’s mom reaches over to her hand bag and pulls out a small mirror. She holds in close to her face and moves her fingers around the edges of her eyes. She puts the mirror back and says, “Dear, do you see lines starting to form at the edges of my eyes?”

Before Vinnie’s dad can answer, Vinnie says, “Want me to get my magnifying glass, Mom? I bet I can find some.”

Vinnie’s dad jumps in, “There are no lines. Vinnie, we are going to play Clue. No one will turn over their cards until someone enters a room. Does that satisfy you?”

“Only if I’m the first one to get in a room. Please, Dad. Let me guess. Please? What if I am right about the murderer, weapon, and room? If I am, can we play the game I invented? The only thing I haven’t worked out is a board and pieces. I have all the other stuff. Please, Mom. Please.”

“On one condition, Vincent. If you have any wrong answer, you play Clue the right way and no complaints or wise comments. Agree?” asks Vinnie’s mom.

“Okay, Mom. Promise you won’t get mad if I get all the answers right?” asks Vinnie.

Vinnie’s mom’s brain sends out a warning siren. She knows something is afoot, but can’t place her finger on it. She looks quizzically at Vinnie’s dad. 

He shrugs and says seriously, “Does this mean I lose my turn?”

Vinnie’s mom rolls her eyes. She picks up the container holding the three cards with the solution to the case. She holds the container in the palm of her hand. She gestures with her hand toward Vinnie, “Okay, what are your answers.”

Vinnie says, “This is so easy, “The murderer is Mrs. Navis. She did it room 107. And, she stabbed the victim with her laser pointer.”

Vinnie’s mom pulls the three cards out of the container. “Vincent. You ruined the Clue game by writing Mrs. Navis, room 107, and laser pointer on the cards.”

“I wrote them on all the cards, Mom. Check your cards out. I’m right. So, we can play the game I invented,” says Vinnie.

“Vinnie has a point, Dear. It’s pretty creative, don’t you think?” says Vinnie’s dad. He quickly adds, “What if we all go out for Sushi tonight?”

“We’ll, okay. Vincent, promise me you won’t write Mrs. Navis’s name on any more board games,” says Vinnie’s mom.

“Promise, Mom. I’ll be right back with my game. You guys will love it.”

“What’s it called, Vinnie,” asks his dad.

“I haven’t thought of a name yet. I only tried it with Rupert and Dexter. They really like it,” says Vinnie.

“What’s the object of the game, Vinnie?” asks his mom.

Vinnie smiles at hearing his mom call him Vinnie instead of Vincent. He wonders if going out for Sushi improved his mom’s attitude. 

Vinnie Returns Tomorrow

8 Year Old Vinnie Tries to Snare Santa in His Plan ~ Come by tomorrow to see if Vinnie’s successful.

Vinnie Makes a Naughty List for Santa


Vinnie’s mom glances at Vinnie and his dad. They are sitting at the kitchen table. Vinnie is playing Mind Craft on his tablet. Vinnie’s dad has his laptop on the table and is catching up on work. Vinnie’s mom taps his dad on his shoulder, “Dear, you’re not going to catch up on your work reading about pro football. Vinnie takes after you, that’s for sure.”

“That’s good, right, Dad,” says Vinnie without glancing up from his tablet.

Vinnie’s mom says, “I’m going shopping with Maria. We’ll probably be gone most of the day. Don’t forget to take Vinnie to live nativity practice, it’s at 2 p.m. Sister Janet is expecting him.”

“Uh huh,” says Vinnie’s dad.

Twenty minutes go by, Vinnie taps his dad on his arm. 

“What is it, Vinnie?”

“I got a got idea. Want to hear it?” says Vinnie.

Vinnie’s dad saves his work on his laptop, then turns toward Vinnie and says, “I can use a good idea. What are you thinking?”

“The guys at school are all talking about the new football movie. You know where a soldier who lost his leg in the war, tries to make it to the pros with one of those fake legs. Joey went to see it last week with his mom and dad, he said it was the greatest movie ever. How about you and me going to see it this afternoon? Please?”

“Mom, says you are to go to the live Nativity practice at 2. Sorry.”

“Come on, Dad. How hard is it to play a sheep? I don’t have any words to say. I stand around. Last year I almost broke out laughing when Gina, who was playing Mary, knocked the manger over and Jesus fell on the ground. Good thing it was doll and not a real baby. Then, did you hear Marcia and Natalie sing Silent Night? It sounded like they were gargling with mouthwash. Please dad, save me. Besides, you need a break from work.”

Vinnie’s dad purses his lips and puts his hand to his chin. You really make a good point, Vinnie. Mom is out with Maria shopping and they’ll have lunch together. I think it’s time we men had a little fun. We’ll go out to the movie. After the movie, I’ll text Mom and ask her to meet us at Cerelli’s for pizza. She loves their deep dish pizza.”

“You’re the best, Dad. When you take me to see Santa, I’ll put in an extra good word for you,” says Vinnie. “Ah, Dad? What are you going to tell Mom about the live Nativity scene practice?”

Vinnie’s dad says, “Mom and I don’t lie to each other. So, I can’t tell her you went. That would be lying. I’ll tell her the truth.”

“Can I help you, Dad?” says Vinnie. Vinnie feels he is a master at making excuses. Three months in Mrs. Navis’ class sharpened his excuse making skills.

“What do you have in mind, Vinnie?” asks his dad.

“Just tell Mom the truth. I have the sheep part down perfect,” says Vinnie.

Vinnie’s dad says, “How do you come up with this stuff? When I was your age I’d never think of something like that to say.”

Vinnie smiles, “Dad, kids today are smarter than kids your age. I mean, I think you’re really smart but you probably didn’t hang out with guys as smart as the guys I hang out with.”

Vinnie’s dad laughs, “Maybe so. Truth is, I really want to see this movie. Harry was talking about it at work. I told him not to give me a spoiler alert. I was going to take you and Mom tomorrow. On second thought, maybe we should wait.”

“You want to miss the big game on TV tomorrow? Mom doesn’t like football that much. When she sits to watch it with us she’s always playing with her iPhone. We’re doing her a favor, Dad,” Vinnie says using all his powers of persuasion. 

Ten minutes later, Vinnie is in his room on his bed lying on his side, Rupert is lying next to him. Vinnie rubs Rupert’s head, “Buddy, I got to move you away so I can make out my list for Santa. If you think of anything you want, let me know. I’ll put in a good word for you with Santa. I’m going to start by telling Santa who shouldn’t get presents.”

Vinnie opens his notebook, pushes the top of his pen down and prints on the top of the page, PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEED PRESENTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GOOD. Underneath this title, he prints, Mrs. Navis, she is very mean. Sara Johnson, she snitched on me when I put a thumbtack on Mrs. Navis seat. Larry Barnes. Larry is okay but don’t give him what he wants because he always says ‘Good Morning, Mrs. Navis.’ 

Vinnie glanced up at Rupert, “I might put Mom’s name on the list if she really makes be the sheep. Don’t tell her, Rupert. If she doesn’t get anything, she’ll blame Santa and not me.” 

Vinnie’s World Returns on Monday

Loveable 8 year old Vinnie Wishes You “Happy Thanksgiving” hoping it will give him a boost with Santa.

Vinnie Returns on Monday, November 26th.

Vinnie’s World Returns Monday

Loveable 8 year old Vinnie Figures Out His Dad’s Soft Spot.

Vinnie Returns Monday, November 26th.

Vinnie’s World Returns Monday, the 26th

Loveable 8 year old Vinnie wants to know if Santa remembers the bad stuff.

Vinnie Returns a week from today, Monday, November 26th.

Vinnie’s World Returns Monday, Nov 26th

8 Year Old Vinnie Returns on Monday, November 26th. Will Vinnie make Santa’s naughty or nice list?