Lord Lard

November 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The nutcrackers are in the house! We have been collecting nutcrackers for well over a decade now, and every year it’s a cherished ritual to unpack them and put them on display above our kitchen cabinets. The sentries line the walls faithfully each Christmas season, lighted garland at their feet. The arrival of the nutcrackers after Thanksgiving signals the start of holiday fun.

SentriesUncle Sam and the Viking.

Some years ago, after realizing we had amassed a number of nutcrackers, we called it an official collection, and decided to add a new one every year. The job of surprising the family with a novel nutcracker annually falls to me, and I love it. We have a Scotsman, kilt, bagpipes and all; a pirate with treasure; a Viking in the stereotypical horned helmet; an ’80s hair band guitarist affectionately referred to as “Bon Jovi”; an American soldier, acquired during the Gulf War; a jester; a Santa Claus; Uncle Sam; and a host of traditional nutcracker soldiers. In fact, we now have 35 of them, the latest addition being a 3-foot-tall black cat, memorializing our much-loved companion, Faithful, whom we had to put down this year after 14 years of delightful existence. FAThree feet tall with color-changing LED lights to boot. Great Scot!Complete with bagpipes. Rock StarAffectionately known as 'Bon Jovi.'


Faithful was blessed with enormous personality; his girth occasionally matched it. Thus his nicknames: F.A. (Fat Ass), Count Corpulent, Lord Lard, etc. You get the idea. As an adolescent cat, he was lean and active, with a penchant for flying through the air or wall riding. He was doing parkour on a regular basis before we even knew what it was called! As an adult, he developed a taste for my designer purses and shoes – a pair of flats was his preferred company for a good night’s sleep. As an elderly cat, he was a loving presence tick-tacking around the house (he never could retract his hind claws). I miss him. We all miss him. And now we have a huge, colorful nutcracker to remember him by.
BelovedFaithful.

The nutcracker collection will continue to grow, from the silly to the serious – it’s a tradition we all take great delight in. It binds us as a family, as all good traditions – and all good cats – should.

 


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