Yesterday morning, I heard a radio commercial for a boat show in Greensboro this weekend where everyone’s favorite waterskiing squirrel will be performing LIVE!! I got a little excited and then a little nostalgic about my own encounter with Twiggy, but not quite enough to make me want to drive to Greensboro and pay money to attend a boat show.
Little did I know that small, furry, woodland creatures would be a theme for the day.
I later entered into an email conversation with Mrs. Emily Furr Hogan that turned at some point to the topic of transferring VHS videos to DVDs – something neither of us is capable of. She then made the following statement:
I’m pretty sure Matt’s grandma knows how to do this. I need to call her. And yes– I did just admit that a lady in her 70’s knows perhaps more about technology than I do. I think she uses the VHS / DVD thing when she’s making videos of her chipmunks. I’ll find out details.
Now look, friends, you cannot say that someone’s grandmother makes videos of chipmunks like it’s a normal thing and just leave it at that. It is not a normal thing. Please acknowledge that. Since Emily and I had not previously established that things of this nature must be adequately presented both for their creativity and incredulity, I requested more information. Here’s what I got:
It’s all true. She sets up these dioramas on her back porch and lures the chipmunks that live in her yard to come into the dioramas via a little trail of sunflower seeds. Before you know it, you’ve got a scene that features a chipmunk driving a covered wagon. Or hanging laundry out behind its teeny tiny house. Or “wearing” a santa suit in a little Christmas scene. (She props up the outfits & as soon as the chipmunk stands perfectly behind it, she snaps a photo.)
This stuff is AMAZING, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on some of it. She’s got video and ALBUM UPON ALBUM of these types of photos. I remember her expressing genuine, deep excitement upon finding the tiny covered wagon. “And I told the store clerk that this would be just PERFECT for my chipmunks!!”
Y’all, this story expresses so many things I love about Emily:
- She knows someone who builds dioramas for chipmunks and then lures them into tiny covered wagons with sunflower seeds.
- She is related by marriage to this person.
- She sees both the humor and the amazingness in such an activity.
- This sort of thing comes up in the course of a normal conversation for us.
I must see these photos/videos, but more importantly, I must find a single cousin of Matt’s to marry so that I too might join this family.