Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stuffed Animal Day

So, today is Stuffed Animal Day at Firstborn's school. The students are supposed to bring in a stuffed animal, which they will read stories to (and/or tell stories about), and there will be other related activities. It's basically one of those enjoyable little end-of-the-school-year events - not a big deal, and a little silly, but still fun.

This presented us with a minor difficulty, though. Since we've been trying to get our house ready to sell (with the ultimate goal of getting ourselves into a larger house that feeds into one of our preferred schools): all the stuffed animals are hiding in the storage unit. So, yesterday, I swung by there and retrieved (from the very bottom of the container, I might add), the small plush Cthulhu that has been Firstborn's go-to stuffed animal ever since he first stole it from me.

However, since there's always the possibility that this will raise an eyebrow or two - or at least provoke some interesting questions - I thought I should make sure that Firstborn could explain what a Cthulhu was. So, I printed him out a little guide:
(Usually Pronounced: kÉ™-THOO-loo or Kuh-THOO-loo)
  • Cthulhu comes from a series of stories by author H. P. Lovecraft.
  • In the stories, Cthulhu is trapped in an underwater city in the Pacific Ocean. Someday he will rise up and destroy the world.
  • Cthulhu has a manlike body, with wings on his back and a head like the body of an octopus. Cthulhu has been described as a mix between a giant human, an octopus and a dragon, and is depicted as being hundreds of meters tall.
  • In the stories, Cthulhu sends dreams to people who are sensitive enough to “hear” him.
I'm looking forward to hearing how this goes.


  1. So, do you have a report on what happened at Stuffed Animal Day's presentation of Plush Cthulhu?

  2. Apparently it wasn't particularly noteworthy until the part where they got to talk about their stuffed animals. At that point, Firstborn handed the guide to his teacher and asked her to read it. When she got to the point where Great Cthulhu will rise up and destroy the world, she added: "Not on my watch."

    Firstborn has an awesome teacher.


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