What does our Christmas tree and Elton John both have in common?
No, it's not the fact that they both like to get dressed up in sparkly things.
It's the fact they can both sing "I'm Still Standing!"
You might remember from a previous column that we had some trepidation about putting up a full-sized tree this year with a curious 23-month-old lurking in the house. You see this little fella has had a destructive past when it comes to pretty much anything in his path - not unlike many children his age.
We decided to put up a tree this season and, so far, for two weeks, it is still standing and going strong.
That's not to say the tree has come away from the past two weeks totally unscathed.
I can say he's snapped a few ornaments off the tree and I have seen it bend from the top down a few times, but no major cause for alarm.
Other ornaments have gotten a thorough investigation while hanging on the tree from the near 2-year-old but have been left in their place. Who can blame him with so much new stuff to explore?
There have been added elements as some plastic balls have been ammunition at times and are whipped at the tree - but it doesn't budge. Luckily, his fastball is not close to the Nolan Ryan speed just yet.
Through it all, the tree (which is fake) has shown resilience and has (knock on wood) stayed upright for the season. We've got just more than a week to go until Christmas, so prospects are looking good.
While the tree has stayed unharmed, other things in the room have been getting disheveled on a daily basis. It usually takes 5 minutes of cleaning up before bedtime each night.
I guess we take the good with the bad and we are happy we can enjoy the holiday season with a full-sized tree, and not have to go with a small tree on a high table like in years' past.
Let's just continue to hope the tree makes it through the season with us.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org