Farms are typically not something that you associate with having a mascot…..but the kids have designated a mascot for 47 Daisies. Not really a mascot like you see at a baseball or football game, but more of an idealized entity.
Bob.....is a raccoon. He lives in a large white pine tree out on the periphery of South Dakota. Bob frequents our bird feeders and gets into all kinds of trouble on the farm. He eats the compost, he gets stuck in the mud around the frog pond and has to be rescued by a flock of hummingbirds, he hangs out with Millie (a baby deer) and peanut butter and jelly sandwich (a resident crow) down by the beaver pond and is generally accepted as a crucial part of 47 Daisies.
The kids have decided though that EVERY raccoon that they see ANYWHERE is definitely “Bob.” This is usually not a problem, as it is okay for them to very excitedly (and VERY loudly) proclaim that they see Bob in picture books when they are read to.
However, when this VERY loud and excited proclamation comes in public…….it becomes a bit of an issue.
Harmony had taken the kids to the library for story time. This is a time where the librarian reads a story to many children. This particular day, the librarian was reading the story which happened to have a picture of a raccoon on the pages. Basil (our three year old) couldn’t help himself and yelled "BOB!!", to which all of the adults kind of looked at him. Harmony quietly said "yep, there's Bob!" And the moment passed.
We were thinking of getting a raccoon costume for Kade and have him walk around the farm when the farm store is open. But that would be a little to strange. Maybe we will just get a pet raccoon instead. Kidding......our "wild" Bobs are just fine.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )