7/52 – Pretty Ugly
My wife loves to collect chotskies from every vacation we take. Before we leave on a trip she must ensure that there’s a little bit of money set aside so that she can shop for these priceless souvenirs. She loves to look around and purchase knick-knacks to adorn our house with (which is an entirely different story as she’s generally not a person who likes stuff). Usually she collects things like tequila sets for the tequila we never drink. Or a new bag to add to her never ending bag collection.
The trip we took to Mexico a few years back was a little different. She found a frog purse. Yes, you read that correctly, a frog purse. It’s a frog, with a zipper on the belly leading to a hollowed out cavity, and a string tied around the front legs to make a purse strap.
When I first saw it, I wondered why anyone would ever make a purse in the shape of a frog. It’s quite life like. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it’s so life like because it is actually a real dead shellacked frog.
I’m not sure there’s any beauty in this item. It’s purely pretty ugly. And it sits on a shelf in my living room with a belly full of sea glass.
I thought it would be funny to get my son to kiss it. He’s a good sport that boy of mine. He also said that if kissing the frog were to turn it into either a prince or a princess, it surely wouldn’t be a good looking one. I think he appreciates the frog as much as I do.
Just so you can appreciate the frog a little better, here’s a close up.
Even Mr. Mooster isn’t sure about this frog.
Snack time? Anyone want to sample a shellacked frog?