It was a dark and rainy day… oddly, since it was May 3rd in the Middle East.
We had piled into the car, giddy about the surprise rain, and drove to the nearby nursery to pick up new flowers and herbs for our modest mirpeset garden. The kids were delighted by the plants, the rain, the 10 seconds of hail. And then, clinging to the bag of soil we picked up – the snail.
We packed our trunk with the plants, the soil,carefully placed to preserve the snail. Who wants a pet chilazon?!
When we parked and unloaded – first the kids, then the box of plants, then the bag of soil – the snail was gone. I searched the trunk while huz searched the plants and packet of soil.
The kids were anxious to find the snail. Bebe was nagging, calling over and over, “Abba! Abba! Abba”
“One second, B.”
“Abba! Abba! Look! Look Abba!”
“Just a second, Bebe, we have to find the snail.”
“Look Abba! Look Abba! Look Abba!”
At the same time, we looked towards where she was pointing… right at the snail, clinging to the bottom of the plant box.
And like that, no laugh track necessary, the four of us stood cracking up in the driveway under the grey May sky.
Koala named him Gluben (the third time he named him). He’s still kickin’ it on the porch.