Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Taming of the Critter

Oh my. Tink and I had such big plans for Critter. Sunset walks on the beach, tickets to the symphony, late Sunday brunches with asparagus omelets...

But Critter? Critter was out of control. We tried to interest him in books, like some other bloggers did. We took him to our favorite places in Ann Arbor -- the downtown library...

... and Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair.*

But Critter just kept trying to sneak into Pangea Piercing.

When they asked him for ID, he ran and hid behind one of Ann Arbor's many fairy doors.**

Eventually, the fairies delivered him back to my house with a note that said, "Never again." Tink and I felt bad for Critter. Maybe he just needed some coddling. We cooked him a healthy farmer's market dinner. He ignored it. He said he wasn't hungry. Then, later, we found this:

It was obvious to Tink and I: Critter needed finishing school. We got right to work. We set him up a strict behavior management system with Twizzler Bits as rewards.

We taught him to cook.

Tink gave him a more formal wardrobe. Finally, Critter was ready. Look, how lovely and peaceful he is now!

"Our work here is done," Tink said. And it's true. I don't know how long the pink lacy phase will last, though, so we have shipped Critter off with all due speed to Tina Ferraro, who writes young adult books, and is, thus, better able to take care of recalcitrant Critters. Apparently, Tina may be taking Critter to Las Vegas.

I hope he doesn't gamble away his new ballet slippers.

* which is the storefront for 826michigan and also where I work on Mondays and also the coolest store in town

** Yes, there are really fairy doors all over Ann Arbor. If you come, we will tour them and you will be all "Aww" and your kids will stand gape-mouthed and whisper, "I believe."


C.R. Evers said...

LOL! Great pictures! He is hard to keep in line, isn't he? Did he end up getting any piercings? I love the fairy doors and the pink-lacey look. Awesome pics!!!!

Thnx for being such a fabulous Critter host!

Angela Ackerman said...

Ha, looks like you and critter had a great time! :)

cath c said...

i think we need a fairy doors tour. (in awe, i believe!)

critter reminds me...oh nevermind, the less said the better.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was a busy week with Critter around. Hope he is enjoying his many visits to the different author's homes. Thanks for sharing the pictures.