Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The sound of one monkey clapping


"And if we dare to look into those eyes, then we shall feel their suffering in our hearts." 
                                                          -Jane Goodall

I found this Vintage Happy Chimp toy by C.K. Japan at the thrift store and I knew with a mighty conviction of heart that the same God who had given me Amy Grant and the Left Behind series had not yet abandoned me.

Look at him, look him in the face


There is madness there, of course; but beyond it is the gravity and weariness of one who has witnessed the anguished passing of history; the fall of cities and the deaths of kings.

This monkey saw, and this monkey did.

 
  I was disappointed to discover time had been unkind to him; the wretched creature had forgotten how to clap his little brass cymbals together.


And that is how he ended it, at a defiant impasse.

I decided to call in an intermediary.









38 comments:

  1. oh monkey... I never stopped believing in you.

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    1. you're the wind beneath his wings

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    3. Just went back to show my girlfriend this post and remembered posting on it drunk being so excited for the little monkey, and you replied! I'm a huge fan and have read all your posts and will be one of the first to buy the book you will eventually release.

      Keep on keeping on man, YOU sir are the wind beneath MY wings.

      ...got a little creepy there at the end

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  2. I think that is one veRy talented monkey, because eveRytime you tRied to take a pictuRe of him, he would neveR look diRectly into the cameRa. A few times you could teLL you weRe getting ReaLLy ReaLLy close, but no, the monkey would tuRn away at just the last millisecond.

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  3. I wouldn't be able to have that monkey in my house. All I can think about is The Monkey by Stephen King. Just...don't take a bath with him. I know you want to. But don't.

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    1. Unfortunately I cannot keep him, as he is headed to ebay; but i might find time to take a little bath with him before we say goodbye....

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  4. Sometimes we all just need a little pep talk from a friend.

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    1. or from a plastic, cliche spouting gorilla

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  5. This was fantastic. That's the smile of a heartbreaker right there.

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    1. Thank you! Once you get past its creepy savagery, it is rather endearing

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  6. I think he'd do better if you helped him out with that conjunctivitis.

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    1. I know, I know, but they are vintage tin gums-what are you going to do?

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  7. I love these stories you tell with toys. Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks man-I like to do them but i never find good toys anymore-monkey was a rare exception

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  8. The "There's my sunshine" photo made my morning. :D

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  9. Maybe it's the hormones talking, but a single tear trickled down my cheek when the monkey got his wings.

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    1. Ha ha-yes, you can't help but root for the satanic little creature

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  10. I believe that technique you used in the first video clip is the same facilitating technique I taught you years ago with certain subjects.

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    1. I have since learned a better technique; I call it "put the batteries in the monkey the right way."

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  11. Awesome! Nothing like an action figure gorilla pep talk to get things going!

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    1. Thats why I brought one on my honeymoon! YOWZA! Ewwwww.

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  12. I may be the only one here who finds the monkey disturbing and slightly creepy. I can't help it. I am sorry for his cymbal-crashing issues but he gives me the wiggins. No offense.

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    1. The wiggins! Yes! I have never heard that term. I used to love a series of contemporary christian stories about a joshua wiggins and his exploits with the king's kids. Is it anything like that?

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    2. Uh. No. I got it from the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." One of the characters used the term and I thought it was completely hilarious. Blame (or credit) Joss Whedon.

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    3. oh. er...Buffy? Is that the show with all the godless fornicating?
      excuse my ignorance-we did not have a tv growing up. the only contact we had with the outside world was when the schwans man would deliver our green bean salad and we would hear snatches of glen miller coming from his truck. we always had to go outside when he stopped by though, while he and my mother retreated to the bedroom to "settle the bill". The schwans man was also my dad, so i forever associate the lively horns of "chatanooga choo choo" with the gross idea that my parents did sex during the day time.
      in other news, i have no idea what i am talking about.

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  13. It'a a long time since you brought the toys out to play. I always enjoyed those posts.

    This is such a heart-warming, feel good tale. And even though the monkey looks as though it could kill your whole entire family as they slept, I'm sure that Steven Spielberg would fight for the rights to turn this into a blockbuster of a movie, equaling that of ET.

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    1. LILY! Leeeeeelyyyyy! where have you been???? You no comment no more. Where you go???

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  14. That is one scary-ass monkey!

    What a great story. Told well, as always.

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    1. And I love how attentive the other monkey is.

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  15. You're selling him on eBay?! But... but he and the comparatively tiny gorilla were meant to be together. They've bonded. They've overcome emotional trials together. Surmounted huge psychological obstacles. You should at least sell them as a set. "Emotionally disturbed vintage monkey - includes mentally stable yet co-dependent gorilla." If that item description won't sell them, I don't know what will.

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  17. That monkey looks eerily lifelike and pained in the first video. I was rapt, like I was actually watching an animal be rehabilitated on the National Geographic channel. I don't think you can sell that thing...morally.

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  18. I think he looks like a sad monkey who had a stroke or something and is slowly, painfully re-learning to play his cymbals. I couldn't stop watching and was silently rooting for the little guy. It made me sad. Then he got some of his mojo back in the second video but he was trying so hard, he couldn't even smile. Keep encouraging him - I expect you to post an update on his condition.

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  19. I was already a little creeped out by the monkey, but then in the first video... with his bulging eyes and curling lips... that really creeped me out. Then when he finally clapped at the end, he actually looked sort of surprised and happy. I felt simultaneously sad and happy for him; tears came to my eyes. This is one of your best posts, Gweenie.

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  20. It's been so long since you've had a good thrift store post. I needed this. February sucks.

    Thanks, Gweenie!

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