|I was overjoyed when, in Kyoto, we stumbled upon a |
staged family of Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) going
about the rigors of daily life in feudal Japan.
I imagine that dressing and staging a whole tanuki family is quite the undertaking, but obviously this taxidermied bunch wasn't putting up much of a fight. Imagine dressing a real, live squirrel!
|Little Tommy Tucker, the muse and ward of Mrs. Mark Bullis of Washington D.C., was |
orphaned at birth. With a wardrobe of thirty, couture outfits of Bullis' own design, Tommy
(and his French Bulldog) became a mild sensation in wartime America after his feature
in Life Magazine.
I'm assuming that Mrs. Bullis named Tommy after the old English nursery rhyme of the same name:
"Little Tommy Tucker
Sings for his supper.
What shall he eat?
White bread and butter.
How shall he cut it without any knife?
How will he be married without a wife?"
Don't let a squirrel fool you; it is entirely possible to eat bread and butter without a knife (plenty can be accomplished with dull spoon - plus, arming a squirrel is never a good idea). On the other hand, it is probably no small task to woo a squirrel wife while sporting a tartan-plaid pinafore; you might be wondering why Tommy, a boy squirrel, is dressed in such a feminine frock. Well, have you ever tried to get a live squirrel into a pair of Sunday britches??!!! You also might be wondering how one distinguishes a boy squirrel from a girl squirrel, anyway? The answer is easy; check his nuts.
|Dressed in his marketing ensemble, it appears that Tommy indeed sang for his supper.|
Although what supper he would be getting from the butcher shop remains a mystery.
Frankly, I would be afraid to take my pet squirrel to the sausage company
during WWII when food was rationed and meat was scarce.
|After marketing, Tommy becomes a model for the latest in trans-rodent fashion |
including ric rac, stripes, gingham, prints, and "a pleated, silk dress for company."
His credits include "professional model" but he looks a little squirrelly to me...
|All play and no work makes Tommy a silly squirrel.|
Tommy was sure to make time for entertaining hospital-bound children while wearing his Red Cross uniform.
|All tucker-ed out at the end of a productive day, Tommy makes sure to|
wash behind his ears and say his prayers before drifting off to dreamland.
Once we had a baby bird fall into our spa and, after rescuing it from drowning and trying our best to foster it, it quickly earned its figurative wings in glory land. I'm not really an animal person; while I could imagine nurturing the baby bird, I certainly couldn't imagine making it a full costume collection and taking it to the grocery store - and I have a pretty darn good imagination!
Have you ever adopted a wild animal into your family? We may or may not have a tiny, baby lizard currently occupying the spare bedroom but as we have yet to feed it or sew a single stitch, I'm not sure that counts. Nevertheless, when I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, I will definitely include Mrs. Bullis, Tommy, and all the others who make wacky tacky a full-time job.
"Hi-Heel Sneakers" - Tommy Tucker (1964)
For the cross-dressing squirrel who has everything!