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Friday, September 21, 2007

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All too soon it became Friday, September 21st, with only a couple more full days to enjoy with OD and family. On our morning walk I asked OD to retell the couple of adventures that actually happened to her neighbor and good friend. She did and I laughed through most of the walk but until then I hadn’t realized the two incidents happened on the same day. I would be remiss if I did not include this day in my post.

This could be entitled “A day in the life of NuNu” - this is the official name given to her by GM5. The “day” happened back in the summer when NuNu was ready to leave to take her two offspring to a water park. Her son, Mimal (GM5’s original name for him) is 9 years old and was tossing the house keys in the air, playing catch with them. The last toss found the keys going up but not coming back down.

It happened that the keys lodged up in a tree and although they were fairly sure which tree, they weren’t even close to being sure which branch because they were out of sight in the leaves.. NuNu told Mimal to climb the tree to and start shaking branches. He shook all the smaller ones but told her he couldn’t shake the larger one because it was too big. NuNu told him to SHAKE THE LIMB and went to get a ladder.

It was about this time that Mimal heard the keys jingle and finally espied them and after more shaking of branches, they finally got them down and restarted their interrupted day. I’m guessing that Mimal may never throw anything, anywhere, ever again – mind you just a guess. He might have been a great baseball pitcher some day, but probably not now.

The next adventure began after dark that evening when they returned home. NuNu’s daughter, 12-year-old NaNa (again GM5’s name for her), went to feed the two cats of their next door neighbor because they were out of town. She shortly phoned her Mom to come quick, it was an emergency. NuNu and Mimal ran quickly to NaNa’s aid and found her in the kitchen, looking out the window of the back door.

Following her daughter’s gaze out the window, her eyes found a full-grown raccoon in the same area the cat usually eats. All the noise they made failed to scare the ring-tailed critter away, so they finally slipped the cat’s bowl of food out the door. The cat came quickly and started eating, the raccoon also came toward the bowl, the cat hesitated but continued eating. After a warning snarl or two, it looked like they were going to rumble but finally the cat backed off and let the bandit steal its food.

Since her husband was out of town, NuNu and clan continued watching the proceedings from the safety of the kitchen – the final count of wild animals included two possums and one other raccoon that came to join the brazen one. They finally went home but NaNa and Mimal wanted to come back the next night to see the animals and even pop some popcorn. Left unsaid was that they may have wanted to bring other kids and charge them admission. Parts of this last adventure were reported live to OD, and it so happened that FSIL was also out of town – the menfolks were gone when they were needed to face down the wild animals!

Humor is in the eye of the beholder, the ear of the be-hearer and the mind of the be-reader and is a good thing for our health and sanity and the smiles involved improve our looks. God is good to have invented laughter and I believe I should take part in it as much as possible. ec

5 Comments:

Blogger Granny said...

I'd love to have seen the menagerie.

9/22/2007 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for passing those stories on, Mr. E. That poor cat. Competing for dinner with one woodland creature is bad enough, but it sounds as if NuNu’s neighbor’s cat now must contend with half the beasts of the forest.

9/22/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - As would I have - the incident would have to be told in person to really pass on all the humor but I found it hilarious. Being in Texas I haven't had a lot of time to check in on other blogs, hardly have checked in on mine - intend to do better when we get home - hopefully on Monday PM, if our flight doesn't get cancelled. :)

SSN - I believe the cat was wise in backing down from the masked critter, they have been known to take on a full grown dog. And in the water a raccoon has been known to drown dogs that were unwise enough to follow it into that medium. ec

9/23/2007 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Thank you so much for sharing your smiles! I loved both of the stories!

9/25/2007 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - Thanks - I so much find myself looking for the things to smile about and just looking past the ones that cause frowns or worse. ec

9/25/2007 11:51:00 PM  

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