03 December 2015
A Koodle Christmas Story
If you have read my blog for any length of time, I'm sure you have seen this picture before. It is a cookie jar based on the character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as portrayed in the Rankin-Bass 1964 TV program. To say I LOVE that TV show would be an understatement!
Anyway, at one point, the Lenox company manufactured several products related to that show as Christmas decorations, and The Tim gave this one to me for our anniversary. Since then, it has always been one of my very favorite Christmas decorations, and held pride of place on the dining room table. Every time I would see it, I'd smile, and it was always one of the very first things unpacked, since it was easily identifiable in its own box.
Rudolph survived so much - moving, being stored in the basement much of the year, various visits from children, and investigations from cats, just to name a few.
Then the Koodle joined the family.
Things were OK the first year, since he was busy with other decorations and ornaments. Surprisingly, he didn't break anything, he was just a normal, curious kitten. But last year, he decided that dashing across the dining room table was a faster way to get to any other cat he was chasing. Apparently, he tried to stop quickly one day (The Tim was home when this happened, and this is his version of the story), and the tablecloth moved, and Rudolph fell onto the wood floor. And that was that.
I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is not a tragedy. But it still broke - and breaks - my heart. The Tim always says that I get way too attached to things, and I probably do, but I'm not likely to suddenly change at this point in my life and not care any more. And this decoration was more than a "thing" to me. So earlier in the week, when he brought up the boxes of Christmas stuff from the basement, I kept looking for Rudolph's box, and then remembered what had happened.
Because I was curious, I looked online to see if any were around. Apparently over the years, it has become a "collectible," so I could replace it yes, but only if I have $75.00 - $150.00 to cough up for it.
I just hope anyone who does spend that money on one really really loves it.
And I hope that this year, there will not be a repeat of the Koodle Christmas Story.
Such is life when a Koodle is involved, I guess ...
The good news is that Christmastime is well underway, so it's much easier to be happy than sad!