On Thanksgiving day, Arturo decided to make his move and get to the nougaty center of seeds inside the acorn squash. He tolerated a few pictures through the glass, so they’re a bit hazy.
Although a gallery of his henchmen, four of them, sat on the fence, drooling in anticipation of finishing what he did not eat, none dared interrupt the Godfather’s meal. Zora couldn’t photobomb the event because she was out on a walk. He sat for almost a half hour and ate more than his body weight.
I still can’t figure out how he crammed that much into his being. He only stopped once to shake his fist and beat his chest at those fellas on the fence. Or maybe they were ladies. It’s hard to say. But there was for sure some kind of exchange that involved threats and cussing, after which the gallery on the fence sat skulking, perhaps plotting their revenge.
Unfortunately, his girth, jewels, and gold chain are mostly hidden.
We were getting along so well, I tried to open the door and join him on the deck. His mouth is closed here, but he had just told me to step the (*&^%$ off. The next step, I’m pretty sure, was to pick up that blue broom handle and beat me. So much for all that nonsense about the hand that feeds.
Arturo seems to have a good handle on what Thanksgiving is all about. After he ate, he waddled off the deck and managed to climb the big oak in the backyard. I can’t imagine he could do anything else but sleep off his binge. This is what he left for the fence-squatters, who gave themselves several minutes before coming down to brave the leftovers without getting their asses kicked.
By the time we finished our own Thanksgiving feast and went out to see what was left, the whole thing was gone. There wasn’t so much as a seed left.
Arturo’s bar is officially closed for this year. He’s going to have to go back to foraging for nuts as nature intended. But it makes me wonder, if he can make such quick work of a little squash, what could he do with something much bigger, like a butternut or turban? Maybe next year I’ll go for broke, leave out a pumpkin the size of Arkansas, and see what kind of tomfoolery will come of that.