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A Long-Unfinished Project

January 12, 2007

It seems Mr. Crumpet has lost track of time. Twelve days into 2007 and he’s made nary a peep, chirp, or twitter.

“He’s not a bird,” says Orange Bear.

Thank you for that clarification, Orange Bear.

“Hey, psst.” Orange Bear lowers his voice conspiratorially. “You want to know what happened?”

Is that a rhetorical question?

“Shush. Now, there was this long-unfinished project, you see, that he kept ignoring all of 2006. Mrs. Crumpet kept saying, ‘Mr. Crumpet, you really ought to finish that project.’ And he kept saying, ‘I’ll finish it, I’ll finish it.’ And so this long-unfinished project kept getting bigger and bigger.”

It got bigger?

“Shh. So, 2007 rolled around, and this long-unfinished project got so huge that Mr. Crumpet finally noticed it himself. And so he said, ‘That’s it, I’m going to tackle this long-unfinished project.’ And then it fell on him. And we haven’t seen him since.”

You mean he’s buried alive?

“Well, the very nice Mole family told me that he’s doing fine and that he wants everyone to know he’s determined to get the job done. In the meantime, Phil and I — and some friends of ours — will hold down the fort.”

Uh-oh.

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