Daily Prompt The Name’s The Thing Have you ever named an inanimate object? (Your car? Your laptop? The volleyball that kept you company while you were stranded in the ocean?) Share the story of at least one object with which you’re on a first-name basis.
I’ve named cars, for example my 1970 VW Bug was named “Hannibal” for the brave way it carried me over the mountains in Colorado many times. I’ve named other things. In fact, I’m not sure that anything in the universe IS inanimate.
Edith is a 8 inch stuffed moose. She cost $.50 at Walmart in an after Christmas sale some years ago. My friend bought her for me from a bin as we were standing in line. This was a crappy time in my life for various reasons and, somehow, Edith really cheered me up.
Edith got her name because shortly before we met her, the film about Edith Piaf’s life came out. My friend (whom I’ve known for 20 years) and I both liked the film a lot. Somehow, Edith the Moose became conflated with Edith Piaf, probably because of her size — for a moose, she’s a “little sparrow.”
Unfortunately, Edith the Moose has a serious drug habit and for this reason, she cannot come in the house. Part of her continual rehab is that she has to stay in my car. She speaks French and she sings. From time to time she wears a burkha made of tissues and speaks Arabic. She is not like the other mooses at all. Last year she got a friend, Olaf, who is a reindeer. He adores her and does his best to keep her off the H but it’s an uphill battle for him.
Why this insane little creature and story?
I don’t know. But I have no regrets. The mind needs a chance to play and Edith is tragically hilarious, kind of like life, mais no?