Sunday, August 31, 2008

Toad to Freedom

I was at Home Depot last night. I try not to go there because it always makes me depressed. There never seems to be anyone to help you, they never have what I'm looking for, and all the damn chemicals just remind me that there is a market for poison. But at 7:30 on a Saturday night they are open and all of the independent local stores I prefer are closed.

I had a short list of things I wanted. I didn't find what I was looking for so to kill some time I just thought I'd look around. I found something I didn't come in looking for; I found a toad. A big one. With the number of people running around and machines I was worried that it might get crushed. So I picked it up and took it to the register to ask if I could take it to the community garden where I have my plot. The girl at the register freaked out a little. It's possible she'd never seen one before. She was shocked that I would touch it with my bare hands. "Don't you get warts from toads?" I told her that's a myth, you get warts from viruses. She was also concerned that it might bite. I assured her that toads are not built for that, the worst they can do is pee on you. I asked if she had a box, she didn't but kindly called for someone to bring one. Then the toad did its worst. Oh well.

A few other employees showed up, apparently they all knew this toad very well. They had pictures of each other with this guy on all their cell phones. They asked me a lot of questions and I did my best to assure them that the garden was a safe place with lots of bugs to eat, and safe places to hang out. I gave them my phone number and the location of the community garden. They were reluctant to see him go but they were concerned that he might get squished. Apparently they get a fair number of toads and frogs and they never know what to do with them. Hopefully they'll call me and the garden can be a toad/frog sanctuary.

Can you find the toad in this picture?

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