Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sometimes you just have to take the tiger home with you

Have you ever gone in a store with one specific item in mind and walked out with something entirely different? You have? Great, then you will understand exactly what happened to me the other day.

You see, a friend at work told me about a store that had shoes for Dylan, so I ran over there on my lunch break to buy a pair. Well, they didn't have any in his size. I figured I was already there so I would wander the aisles for a few minutes. As I turned the corner, I saw it.

There it was. Just sitting there.
Staring back at me with those eyes.
Those eyes that said take me home.

Dylan would love this! He has been working so hard over the past few months with his Reading for Wildlife and Cans for Critters fundraisers that I thought this would be the perfect gift. The perfect way to show him how proud I am of him.

The only problem was the size - 5 feet wide and 40 inches tall. I drive a Prius. Will this fit in my car?

If I wait, I just know that someone else will buy it.

The canvas was only $40.

Decisions to make. Justifications to make.

Was it in the budget?

Did it fit in my car?

Was it worth it to see the look on his face?

After a little thought and some rearranging to do this weekend, we have found the perfect wall for our new friend. I think it is only fitting that after our tiger encounter last month, we call her Mek - in honor of our friend who moved to the Fresno Zoo.

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