Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ferrets on Wednesday

No, this is not the name of a rock band - although it could be, someday. In this instance, "Ferrets on Wednesday" refers to Jenna's excited proclamation given around the table this past weekend in Vermont that, yes indeed, she was getting ferrets on Wednesday.
Why ferrets? Jenna has been asking for a ferret since she first gave actual, serious consideration to what she wanted as a present for her sixteenth birthday.
I have wondered for many years what Jenna's "Sweet 16" would be like. Above all else, I knew that I wanted her day to be magical, somehow. I had visions of a party at the Algonquin Club, a dance with sixteen of her closest friends or a huge beach party. I had always thought that this was when she would first ask us for a car or a fancy trip abroad. Whatever she asked for, I hoped that she would look back on this milestone event and think "This was the greatest birthday ever!"
Well, she did not want a car. She did not want her learners permit (although that is in the works). She did not want a party at the Algonquin Club and although she flirted with the idea of a party at Skatetown USA she ultimately decided against that, too.
Nope; she wanted a ferret.
Pam and I agreed that this would be a great gift for our rapidly running into adulthood daughter. She looked around through various ferret organizations online and somehow, through the goodwill of the ferret gods, she now has a pair of them waiting to be welcomed into her loving arms.
Wednesday has finally arrived and today - one month before her actual 16th birthday - we will bring home the gift that she has wanted for so long - ferrets on Wednesday.
She has been as excited as I have ever seen her. The joy on her face has been infectious. And I am so very happy for her.


Blogger Fox In Detox said...

And I'm very happy for you my friend. A daughter's sweet 16 is as much for you as it is for her.


10:19 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Sixteen!?! Wow, where did those years go? Of course, we're not any older...

Let us know about names.

What TV character was described as looking like a ferret and thus earned a nickname?

10:43 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Andy said...

Cindy, their chosen names are "Shadow" & "Rooney" - "Roo" for short.

Was it Frank Burns from M*A*S*H?

11:04 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Indeed, it was Frank Burns, good ol' Ferret Face.

One of the jr.high advisors I work with, his last name is Rooney. I am infamous in the group for answering his taunts with the retort "Shut up, Rooney." I shall relish the thought of informing him that there is a ferret with his name on it.

Name the movie with the character who was the nemesis of truancy, whose name was Rooney.

1:15 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Andy said...

Of course you're talking about "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".

1:57 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Bridget said...

Can't wait to see their cute little faces in person. FERRETS ON WEDNESDAY! I've emailed that to Chris as a possible band name along with "Last Panda in Royalton" and "Four Paws Down".

4:27 PM, July 23, 2008  

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