This blog entry has nothing to do with Poetry. Or Shoes. Or anything glittery. Or Shakespeare. Or even Cake.
(but watch me squeeze Douglas Adams in later)
This is about Squirrel Monkeys. Or one particular squirrel monkey, which is not merely endangered but would appear to be beyond extinct. It is so rare that no photograph of it exists... within the realms of Google, anyway.
Arthur was a Zoological Society of London-branded mini plush squirrel monkey. Arthur belonged to my son, and they were best mates for half a lifetime - that's four years.
|The Google search yielded only second-rate Arthurs|
|This makes us sad|
I bought him another squirrel monkey a few months ago. It wasn't the same. The ears are wrong. And the paws. He's fond of it; but, but, but. Arthur is his Douglas Adams, I conclude: my son is still mourning the loss of someone he wasn't ready to lose. Admittedly, Douglas Adams didn't sit on my pillow or ride in my shopping trolley, but it's the same thing. I'd barely begun to appreciate him, then he'd gone. And the Zoological Society of London doesn't provide a replacement service.
|That's a spider monkey. Not the same thing|
I'm blogging this because I have looked at no fewer than 2,087 pictures of plush simians tonight, looking for a new Arthur. I should learn to let go, I suppose. After all, this will not be my boy's last hurt that Mummy cannot make better.
Have you seen Arthur? He has a crumpled little face and fits in the palm of your hand. Let us know. We miss him.