You can imagine my and Mr. Understanding’s surprise when the doorbell rang at 2:15 a.m. We thought someone had died or they had come to kick us out of the country. The Cry Baby (Blackberry) rang 45 minutes earlier but Mr. U blew it off, since no number he knew popped up. So, throwing on clothes we ran downstairs to open the door. We could tell from the security monitor that a guard was waiting outside.
Parked at the curb of the house was a white van. Puzzled, we looked at the guard. Then a man stepped out of the shadows holding a box. Two more were sitting on the floor.
“Your pets,” he explained to us. “Your pets are here.”
Holy canoli. One would have thought we would have had some type of warning, but in retrospect, that was probably the phone call 45 minutes earlier.
I ran downstairs to the laundry room and cleared out the clothes rack and piles of dirty laundry. Once the animals were settled in the laundry room with some water and the floor/toilet had been cleaned up, Mr. U and I went back to bed. The smiles on the kids’ faces in the morning were bigger than seeing Santa and a loaded Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Things 2 & 3 accompanied me for an early morning run to the Carrefour for pet supplies since, sigh, all of our pet supplies are in an air freight shipment and no one had told us to prepare for animals arriving in the dead of night.
On the way home I spotted an amphibious creature about the size of my hand waddling across the road. Pointing at the ugly thing, I tried the animal noise method of communication. “Ribbitt, ribbit?” I asked the driver. Confused, he started speaking a long stream of Chinese.
“Wait, wait!” cried out Thing 3 from the backseat. “Is it this?” she said excitedly, pulling out her purse and clicking on a frog keychain I’d been given, and passed on to her, from one of my legal education classes over a year ago. The driver turned around and smiled, nodding his head. I laughed all the way home. Just how is it that Thing 3 happened to have a frog keychain too?
The only key chain I have left is a monkey but it makes no noise. Just waiting for that one to come in handy. What did I tell you about full circles?