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Feb 2, 2010

NOT QUITE A GROUNDHOG

 
I know this is Groundhog Day but I have a little something else to share. Several years ago, at Christmas time, we came out of our front door to find a mole lying in the garden. 
Now moles were the bane of our neighborhood. They would tunnel through our yards destroying everything in site. Every morning we could see where they had been with the mounds of dirt piled up everywhere. 
Our neighbor set traps with no luck at all. 
Of course my first thought once finding this mole lying there was to wrap him up as a little Christmas gift for our neighbor. Into a pretty box he went with a bow on top. We went out through the back yard with our "gift" and into their home. 
We gave him the package, so pretty and festive and then I had a thought. What if the mole wasn't actually dead but had just been stunned for a bit. I suddenly pictured this critter leaping out of the tissue paper and onto our friends face. Too late to stop him. He opened his gift and smiled from ear to ear. Hooray. One mole down and probably 50 to go. 
Yes the poor thing was completely dead. Our friend loved his Christmas gift.
Did I mention I am really weird?

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17 comments:

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

That's hysterical! Reminds of the Christmas my cousin wrapped a LIVE bird in a box and gave it to my father. Wish I'd had a video camera to capture the chaos that ensued when the gift was unwrapped!

Ali said...

Perhaps it's my mood today, but that strikes me as a teeny bit ...... gross? A dead mole?

Yes. Well then.......

Ali

3 Men and a Lady said...

Ha, my dad would like that too. Moles drive him CRAZY!!

Mama Zen said...

This is hilarious! What a gift!

Deb said...

that is funny....

Joanne said...

Lori - I love you to pieces and your sense of humour but its times like this I am happy that I am not your neighbour or receive gifts from you. Now I will never trust your beautiful packaging.

mbkatc230 said...

This is a scream Lori. If anyone has ever had a problem with moles (or around here, more likely armadillos) they would understand why this gift was perfect. But the little helmet - The Fighting Moles - makes me spit soda out my nose laugh! We have some pretty funny mascots around here (The Hutto Hippos, The Taylor Ducks, The Killeen Kangaroos, The Lewisville Fighting Farmers and my new favorite, the New Braunfels Unicorns) but this is an all time best. Kathy

Shellbelle said...

This just proves one thing — why I like you so much!!!!! This is wet-your-pants funny, girl, I like your style!

I agree with Kathy, anyone who has ever had a mole problem would love a gift like this. Been there, hated it, hate moles, 'nough said.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Yeh, remind me never to walk my dog past your place, who knows what kind of Christmas gift you would give me.

I don't think that it is completely off base to do what you did. Some of us just have a wonkier sense of humor than others....LOL.

Jen

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Too funny -- can you even imagine if your fear had come true?

BTW -- have you heard from Sue lately? I was wondering how she's doing? If you speak to her or her family -- please send her some bloggy love from me.

MiMi said...

Yeah, that's a little weird. But my family had world war III over a mole trap once, so...?

Kathleen said...

I don't like moles at all..but I don't know if I would want to get close up and personal with one either...ewww.rodents! :)
Come see the creature I found today..

Michael Lee West said...

Oh, Lori, this was a hoot. The helmet is too funny. I appreciate your insight on ebooks. I think you've hit upon the main difference between "e" and real books. Scanning vs reading.

Xazmin said...

LOL - that is awesome!

lindalee said...

Nice helmet hat!

matron said...

To my knowledge,we do not have moles in Ireland,so we do not have this problem,something to do with all the peat bogs and water tables,I think.Even if we did ,not sure I would want a present of a dead one.!!!
Amusing though,glad your neighbour saw the funny side.

Ali said...

Well who knows? Maybe you've stumbled onto something new in the gag gift market; dead rodents. You could offer a choice of headgear on the animal, along with a can of Neutradol.

Ali

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