The Nutcrackers


The Nutcrackers by Charlie O'Shields - Doodlewash

After you make your choice, the slow motion approach of the snowball speeds up to real time and you grab the second cookie and jump to the side, just in time, narrowly missing it. The snowball crashes through the wall, leaving a giant circular hole. Seeing no other options, you walk through it into the next room.

This room is lined with all types of nutcrackers staring at you from various shelves. In the center of the room are two unusual nutcrackers standing on a drum. You can’t resist pressing the button on the front, and as soon as you do, they begin to dance as a voice leaps into your ear.

“It’s me!” says the voice, assuming by now you’re well aware of the source. “So there’s barely a cell connection in rural Texas and the makes getting you to the next room a little tougher than I imagined. But I managed to do it once more…how do you like my nutcrackers?! Well, they belong to my mother who got them at an estate sale. They are quite wonderful dancers and a rather progressive piece considering they are both men!

“Philippe doesn’t like nutcrackers. When pressed for the reason why he said it’s weird to have something that looks like it’s about war associated with Christmas. That’s rather lofty, when he really just thinks they look weird and isn’t a big fan of the ballet.

“I’m currently surrounded by nutcrackers as my mom and dad collected them. I like them because they are so associated with the Christmas season, but have to admit they look a bit weird. Also, I’ve never seen anyone use them to actually crack nuts, and most look like they’d break in half if you tried.

“My dad was actually the primary collector and I think I inherited his lack of patience. After realizing it was taking too long to create a proper collection he instructed my mom to go to an estate sale. Apparently a woman died who had a massive nutcracker collection and he sent her to buy as many as she could. I think my dad sort of missed the point of being a collector, but I like to invent fake memories for each one. This makes them cherished family pieces, which seems more Christmasy than thinking of them as that unknown dead woman’s collection.”

The voice stops just as the two nutcrackers finish their little dance. They really were rather good dancers, you think. And then you make your next choice…

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25 Comments
  1. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    My sweetie just showed me a little one my mom gave him years ago ~ just this afternoon, so your post speaks to me. Nice illustration for your story!

  2. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Outstanding Doodlewash!!! Love all the details! My one Christmas doodlewash request….ribbon candy 😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks Nicole!! 💕😃Glad you liked it! And everything is by vote, but I’ll make it an option next! 😉hehe…you should be able to easily guess which option it is so be sure to vote!! (And get your friends to vote! Lol)

  3. Kari 2 years ago

    Brilliant!! Colors are just perfect! Hope you are having fun in Texas with your family. I’m surprised I made it with getting squished by the giant snowball. Phew.

    My sister is the only person who I’ve seen use a nutcracker for its intended purpose. I’ve always thought they were a bit scary looking.. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃Sorry about the snowball, but at least you got the milk and the cookie!! Lol And you see it too, eh? They are a bit creepy. Hehe

  4. Jacob 2 years ago

    Thank you for continuing to spoil us despite your connection woes! I don’t think anything can stop our Charlie. I’m probably with Philippe on nutcrackers – look at the guy on the left’s shock at that revelation! – but I love this doodlewash. It feels so very festive and I can see it coming to life before me in this strange place wherever it is you’ve taken me oh my when will I be free.

    Vote cast. Something I pick might actually win one of these days! 😛

    • Author

      Hehe!! Yeah…I can’t stop doodlewashing!! 😊😊I’m always curious to know what each person voted for…or better…what the think they’ll actually get as I’m not precise on my descriptions! Lol So you’re in Philippe’s camp, eh? No freedom until the years ends…haha…hang in there! 😉

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Good to hear! I tend to vote for something that sounds as if it will be different to what we’ve had recently – nice to try and keep things mixed up a bit!

        Philippe, indeed, has my sympathies at this time. 😉

  5. Jodi 2 years ago

    so I read your story twice and am still trying to figure it out – LOL! But…. I can’t believe how amazing your painting of the nutcrackers is, and I can’t believe how amazing you are to do this while away! you are such a special one charlie o!

  6. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    WOWZA! Charlie! Your doodlewash is totally AMAZING! Fab details! 😃 I used to collect snowman but not so much anymore. Nutcrackers are interesting but I find them rather strange. Lol! 😜

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Nutcrackers are such a tradition. I especially like the wild haired doodlewash nutcracker. Fun story, Charlie. ⛄️

  8. Nancy 2 years ago

    Your nutcrackers are wonderful! The colors and details are incredible. I must admit though, like Philippe, I don’t care for them usually. The ones in the ballet that come to life, kind of freak me out, but I like yours! 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy!! 💕😃lol…it’s fun to hear how many people think these things are creepy!! And they’re everywhere this time of year!! 😳haha

  9. Catherine Johnson 2 years ago

    Fun story! What a great painting.

  10. Beautiful work!! I love the way your work just keeps getting better and better, Charlie! This may be one of your best. I love the colors, the shine, the details, and I hope you’re having a good time with the fam in jolly old Texas. lol. Tell them I’ll catch ’em next time around! 💙❄️💙🎨👏😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks Laura!! ❤️😃It’s been tough to sneak a little time in to paint here! But I’m doodlewashed so I can’t be stopped! Lol I’m having a great time! Nice little breaks in between things which I need! And fun!! 😃😃

  11. blogturtle 2 years ago

    so true. nutcrackers look too nice and fragile to actually break nuts. anyway, two nutcrackers are better than one – awesome doodlewash!

  12. memadtwo 2 years ago

    These guys are just faking it. Their faces are way too sweet for the real Nutcracker…(K)

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