7 - Pete the Plumber Meets Arnold the Anteater - Digital Download
This story, featuring Arnold the Anteater, was also a joy to write because the author got to “wish” himself out of one of two occupational challenges (with the aid of a long ‘wondered-about’ mammal, the Giant anteater, Myrmecophagatridactyla).
There once was an eccentric artist, of fame, who walked his two anteaters on leashes around his city. That’s where Pete got his curiosity.
This tale also involves water and a fountain, in an imaginary park, which forms the central ‘magic’ of the story. (It so happens there are many such fountains in that city of the famous artist. His ‘Arnolds’ probably appreciated them.)
Our Arnold, on one level, was chosen for his participation in this story for the outlandish reason that children have an unfathomable acceptance of the outlandish, until they sadly begin “growing up”. (The author is a Charter Member of The Lost Boy’s Club.) In this tale anthropomorphic action returns in full bloom.
However, in this tale there is a little bit of actual desire to introduce the child to the existence of sanitary plumbing in their home. Arnold is the author’s vehicle in introducing and Illuminating this grown up world of reality, and Arnold carries the torch in this one. (12 pages)
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