One Crazy Afternoon

Upon coming home again, this time in the afternoon after a trip to the grocery, another surprise awaited me. Life with my sons is never dull and always full of surprises, and this day was no different. After placing a heavy bag of items at our kitchen and near our sink, I suddenly heard a kind of snorting, heaving sound come out of nowhere. I instantly recalled that Japanese horror film that I had the bad luck of watching the other day, and expected the worst.

I hesitated turning my head in any direction for fear of seeing something, and instead listened intently for the sound to come again. I silently told myself never to watch horror movies again, as it gets the better of my imagination and believe me, it does go wild. Another moment and the snorting came again, this time with a kind of ruffling sound that was kind of familiar to me, like the sound of tiny feet going across dry mowed grass. As I turned around with the intent to dart towards the front door, a glint of sunshine hitting metal caught the corner of my eye and I stopped on my tracks.

Now feeling braver with the sight of something familiar, I went towards the thing, and underneath several old newspapers and a worn out blanket, lies two hedgehog cages, each containing their resident semi porcupines, one awake and another holed up halfway thru its cave. I breathed a sigh of relief, and the once feeling of dread, now slowly becoming distinct annoyance. So at last, they have finally decided to have these hedgehogs as pets, I muttered to myself, recalling the running joke amongst us father and sons about these prickly things.

I sometimes refer to my sons as hedgehogs when we are joking around. With their weird hairstyle of stand-up hair and their propensity for staying up late and sleeping all afternoon, they do really resemble several traits of the hedgehog. They also warned me that if I keep on calling them such, they would be forced to get real life hedgehogs, and take them in as their fully pledged pets. They really seem to have made true their promise to me.

Now I am wondering how in the world did they acquire these things, and from where did they get them? Also wondered if they really did meant to keep them, or is this just another part of a joke that they were trying to pull again? Good thing I discovered them before all else break loose, as It would surely be me who would end up facing these hedgehogs at some point in time.

I love these kids very much! They always keep me on my toes every time. If it weren’t for one thing, like these hedgehogs, it would certainly be another that I didn’t know of. Good thing I am always on to them before they can pull these things out. They can never beat the master in his own game hehe. Now what am I going to do with these two fine specimens? Hmm.