As a tribute to the end of 2011, I would like to share my favorite animals of the year. Now that I am living in a remote mountain area, monkeys have become the creaturely linchpin that I interact with on a daily basis. They really know how to flashmob a place. (See below photo, taken from my kitchen window.)
I regularly come home to a bevy… no… gaggle? gang? band? pack?? troop??? Anyone? Anyway, I often come home to a whole mess of monkeys on my front porch, such that I cannot even make it to the front door. They love to take over a place and act like it’s theirs for the ransacking. And, boy, do they know how to ransack a place. They have several times gotten into my art room and left a mess for me to clean up, sometimes even pooping on the tables. (Thanks, monkeys!)
Once a friend and I came back from a walk, opened the front door of her house, and found a large monkey — sitting on the couch! And the expression on his face — swear to God — was like, “What are you doing here?” As if we were rudely interrupting him.
Anyway, here’s to the animals! May they live long and prosper. After all, it is their house, too!
Happy Monkey New Year!