As all things must, Moose’s beloved lion has been tossed from the mortal coil (well, actually into the garbage). O, how those that are loved the hardest, leave us the quickest. Apparently, soft little legs and feet can only be nibbled on for so long until they give way and their vital stuffing starts to flow. Little pieces of lion were starting to appear in many different areas. Foot stuffing in the kitchen, leg stuffing in the bedroom, and torso stuffing in the living room. At one point, to try and stem the flow of the stuffing, I was forced to amputate one of the lion’s legs. Moose was so worried, he couldn’t watch. Sadly, this amputation only stopped the habitual chewing of the leg and led to feverish chewing of the torso hole of where the leg had been. Then… the lion was just overtaken, deflated from the constant love and nibbles. We put the lion to rest in the kitchen garbage can while Moose was outside. This way, he would be spared from the torment of knowing his little chew buddy was in the can, as well, if he did find out, that’s the only garbage can with a lid, so he couldn’t exhume him for later loving.
Don’t despair, dear reader, as Moose is soon to be given a bigger love-buddy, a beaver in fact. With more promises of stuffing, Moose’s pain and mourning will be once again replaced with bouncing and the happy nibbling of beaver tail.
This past weekend, Jess and I were over in the ‘Burn for my mom’s birthday weekend extravaganza spectacular. Of which it lived up to its name. While we were there my mom was trying to pawn off some of their new toys that they have for their dog Tolley. Now don’t get me wrong, Tolley is a wonderful dog and deserves every little thing he gets, but that dog is spoiled rotten. There are hidden caches of toys that would normally go to kids, but no, they are reserved for the furry among us. These toys are stuffed animals, ranging from squirrels and birds, to beavers and stretched out puppies. Graciously, my parents offered us a couple of toys for Moose because he loves Tolley’s toy so much (he seems to love them more when Tolley has them… or at least loves the opportunity to take them away from him).
Moose came home with a lion that sort of roars and laughs, and a beaver that squeaks. Ever since we got home, Moose has been completely enthralled and enamored with his lion. From the moment it came out of the bag, he has been carrying it around gingerly, being very gentle (except for the times when he tries to pluck out the hair of its mane). When it roars/laughs he bounces around the room then runs into the dinning room and back again, and I mean literally, every time. When he’s leaned up against the coach and starts to feel tired, his head dropping to the floor, he still doesn’t release his beloved lion. It sits comfortably (and moistly) in his mouth.
Moose also puts the lion to bed. I thought it was just an accident at first, but this lion has more rights to Moose’s beds than Moose gives himself. On the first night that Moose had his lion, I noticed that it was sitting in the middle of his bed in the living room, I figured that it was merely dropped or kicked there. Then, when I was getting read for bed, I walked into the bedroom to see Moose drop his lion onto his bed and then circle around it. This was all very cute and funny until the middle of the night when he would shift his weight and we would hear, “ahhhhh ROOOOOAAAAAAAR AHA HAHA HAHAHA!” It took me at least three times to figure out what it was. Even tonight, Moose plopped his moist little love-buddy down and circled up in bed. But what can I say, everyone needs to find that special someone… for some of us, it’s a three inch moist talking lion.