The Petrified Pregnant Porcupine

I think I've lost it.  I've written a story about a porcupine.  A porcupine.  A pregnant porcupine even.  Blame it on my husband.  We started talking about painful things and it came up that nothing would be as painful as a porcupine giving birth to another porcupine.  It was late.  I had some leftover sangria from Thanksgiving...also some Moscato...and I wrote this story. 

It was 5 a.m. on a cold winter day and Paula Porcupine could feel her baby (or was it babies??) kicking inside her.  Paula was only 9 months old herself.  When she told her mother she was pregnant, her mom looked at her in shock.  "You haven't even started preschool yet!  You still have a Diaper Genie in your room!  This is ridiculous!  I thought you were playing with blocks and you were out with a BOY?!  Wait until I tell your father!" 

Paula remembers crying and crying over the volatile conversation with her mother, Peggy.  She knew she was right.  Her mom had actually read "Goodnight Moon" to her the night she snuck out and met Pablo Porcupino.  She didn't feel quite ready to have a baby since she was still in diapers herself.  She also was still extremely challenged by her stacking rings set and sort-the-shapes box and was convinced that mothers had these types of things mastered.  It didn't matter.  The porcupettes, the name given to baby porcupines, were coming. 

Much to her surprise, Peggy and her Aunt Pippa threw her a porcupette shower.  Everybody brought the same thing- leaves and more leaves for the porcupette bed.  Paula was a little irritated that no one brought tree bark, her "big ticket" item, but, she faked a smile while hugging everyone as they left.  "Thanks for the leaves!  That's just what I needed!  One can never have too many leaves.  I just love leaves.  Leaves.  Leaves.  Leaves.  Leaves."

And all they ate was corn.  Here is a video Paula eating her corn below.  Ignore the fact that the human owner keeps calling her "Teddy", when clearly this is Paula at her porcupette shower.  Humans can be so stupid.  For real.  Listen closely to Paula talking.  Her favorite words are "ighighighigh" and "SCHWANKA!!!", which means "I wish you would have bought cupcakes.  Who throws a porcupette shower and serves CORN?!"

(Thanks to Abby Has Issues for sending me this video!!)

As Paula prepared her little nesting area for the porcupette that was conceived only 4 months ago and was due any day now, she worried about the pain factor.  "I am going to shoot a baby with quills out of me?  Am I insane??"  Her mother would remind her incessantly that mother porcupines had been having porcupettes for CENTURIES without a problem- even without an epidural!  She cried and cried at the thought of it all.  Thankfully, her now-husband, Pablo, would pat her prickly back while offering a "Now, now..." at just the right moment.  He wasn't really very smart, but he really could "now, now" a girl like a pro.  A real pro "now, now"er.

The other thing that stressed the little 9-month-old mother-to-be was what she would name the porcupettes.  Since she lived far away from a real hospital, she had no ultrasounds to let her know whether she'd be having one or two or three porcupettes.  She also didn't know if they would be male or female.  Thankfully, all the leaves she was given at her porcupette shower were green.  Green was a neutral color, right?  Not knowing what she was going to have and if they'd be boys or girls did not help Paula pick out names easily.  One thing she knew was that she couldn't veer from the "P" names, as that's all porcupines ever used.  When she mentioned "Quill, Quillie and Quilla" to her mother, her mother almost backed her spikey butt right into Paula, since, as she learned when she was much, much younger (a couple of months ago), porcupines don't actually shoot quills.  "You want to begin your kids' names with Q????  Q?????  Who do you think you are???  May I remind you that you are not even a year old?!  What do you know about naming babies?  I've had tons!  I know!  PORCUPINES ONLY USE 'P'!!!!"

So, Paula reluctantly settled on Pete, Pot and Pat.  Poor Pot.  She knew it was a stupid name, but she could think of nothing else.  At least it was better than Pits, the fourth name she had on her list.

Just before Paula was to deliver her three children, she began crying over the pain she knew she would endure.  She grabbed her face in her paws and wailed.   "I'm spikey!  They'll be spikey!  I'm gonna diiiiiiiiiiiiiie!!!"

But, much to her delight, she delivered this:

And named her Penelope.


Lady Estrogen said... [Reply]

They'll be spiky! Hahahaha
OK, yes, you've lost it.
But it's OK. On my walk last night with my dog, I began imagining what worms think of when they come out in the rain and I made up an entire dialogue with a General Worm and all.

So, sheesh... this is awkward...
you wanna, ya know, share a padded room with me?

Shelly said... [Reply]

Those alliterative little porcupines- they do start things early!

Abby said... [Reply]

Considering I think the pile of stripped pine cones on my deck left by my backyard squirrels is a foreboding sign that they're staging an uproar in defiance of the seed I serve them, I don't find this story odd. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I love that last picture and want to put on a suit of armor and snuggle her like a fuzzy rabbit.

I'm not even drinking.

Carolyn said... [Reply]

Cute story. Can't believe they have babies that young!

Desperate Housemommy said... [Reply]

And I thought my cherubs were growing up too quickly. I should be thankful. We could be porcupines and I could be a great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandma at this juncture. Thanks for the dose of perspective.

Eva Gallant said... [Reply]

Have you been taking your meds?

Steve Bailey said... [Reply]

This is hilarious.... and oddly thought provoking? Love it.... god bless sangria!

Pearl said... [Reply]

Drinking and writing. :-) Heaven help us (and glad I'm not the only one who's done it!)


Peiji said... [Reply]

lol pot and pits =p haha
that is an adorable photo at the end!

I cringed at the part where you were
talking about a Porcupine giving birth
to another porcupine >< never even thought
about it... until now XD

Poetry of the Day said... [Reply]

dawwww they are so cute!!

Ali - My Suitcase Full of Tricks said... [Reply]

You know, it really is a wonder you aren't already writing children's books.

Angela Weight said... [Reply]

I love this story. I said so on FB. Can I get free Pepto too?

Susan in the Boonies said... [Reply]

So, that night, after a dinner of pork, while nursing your sangria, and Moscato, and idly fingering your antique quill pen, a thought came to you.

It was more of a drunken thought, but, nevertheless, a thought came to you...

A pernicious, slightly perilous thought:

"Boy. I bet THAT would hurt....somebody with more guts than me oughta write that one up..."

...and then...

"Hey, waitaminute! I got guts. Pour me another moscato, there, Pablito. I got ideas shootin outta me quills outta a stainless steel birth canal....".

And know the rest of the story....

Alison@Mama Wants This said... [Reply]

I'm guessing all children's book writers drink moscato before writing - because this should totally be a book ;)

Kimberly said... [Reply]

And ya know...I thought that I was nuts.
Don't worry i take a pill for that.
Kidding. i love your face and how you think about porcupines being pregnant.

Susan in the Boonies said... [Reply]

If you listen closely, honest to gosh, you can hear Teddy saying, "I want it".

Which is how Paula probably got in trouble in the first place.

My Inner Chick said... [Reply]

Is that Kashi Chocolate Chip Cookies I spy?

That is one lucky Porker :))

xx Fab post as Usual...

ISRAEL CARRASCO said... [Reply]

I read the story and I got the point. get it ? the poin! OK I'll stop now.

Deborah said... [Reply]

All of these commenters are killing me! You attract the coolest peeps.

Cindi said... [Reply]

You've definitely lost it (ROFL) but that's ok because we loved finding it.

Now you even have a spike in fan comments! LoL

Julie said... [Reply]

That baby porcupine is cuter than either of my kids.

DANG it.

TV's Take said... [Reply]

You gone - bye bye!
Love the pic of the baby.
I think we all felt like we were gonna die - spikes or no spikes.

MamaMash said... [Reply]

You totally got high.

Creative, though. And I'd snorgle that thing for sure.

Emmy said... [Reply]

Awe Penelope is cute! And yes you did just blog about a porcupine giving birth but you were amazingly entertaining while doing so :)

Tracy said... [Reply]

I think i just entered crazytown and I LOVE IT. Also, AWWWWWW!!!! Baby porcupines are so cute I want to squish them until their heads pop off! (In a loving way.)

Lazarus said... [Reply]

I hate to say it but that was kind of nice (and cute...guys shouldn't admit that though...)!

Yvonne said... [Reply]

O EM GEEE! You are so silly! I loved it! hahaha

Desiree said... [Reply]

What a cute, Bedtime story :) I loved it! I'm off to bed now :)

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