The little gorilla loved Christmas at the beach, but he wasn’t allowed to go down to the sandy beach.
The little gorilla had on his red and white Santa hat, and
The little gorilla had on his bright red boxer shorts, but
There was a winter storm out there.
Rain and 13 mph winds out of the SSW.
The Christmas Gorilla didn’t want to get his special Christmas costume wet and sandy.
So, he sits on my desk with that look in his eye that Tawny (my golden retreiver) gets when she wants to go outside, eyebrows and all.
And that’s where the problem lies, with Tawny’s obsession.
Rocks. Rocks the size that would fit into your hand.
Tawny has a game she plays with these stones.
She finds a good one on the gravel road in front of the beach hoouse and carries it happily in her mouth the 50 yds or so to the sandy beach.
Whereupon she runs out on the playa, stops, and tosses the stone into the air.
And then digs, spraying sand out behind her like snow from a snow blower.
My grandchildren love this and encourage her.
She needs little encouragement.
She makes a crater, and then another one a little further down the beach, until a trail of craters is left behind us, marking our path home.
Finally, she carries her stone back to the beach house and hides it in the beach grass withher other stones and an occasional tennis ball.
She also does this in our backyard in Corvallis, until
We put in garden boxes.
So, how is that the little gorilla’s problem? Well let me tell you:
1 – Tawny gets sand all over the Christmas Gorilla
2 – The Christmas Gorilla wants to dig too
3 – Water (rain and ocean) are not good for a, pardon if I say it, a little stuffed Christmas Gorilla
4 – There are birds on the beach, crows and gulls, that would like to snatch the little guy
5 – I’m afraid tawny, in her frenzy, will bury the little gorilla.
See, my arguments are well reasoned.
Oh, well. Let’s go.
– Small town boy
PS – to my Australian friend, since I graduate from both OSU and UofO (masters @ Beavers and doctorate @ ducks) my daughter says I’m a duckbill platypus!