Let’s take a moment to reflect on the type of person who loots a stuffed cow (as well as laptops, loose change and fancy pens) from a disaster area. That person must be related to the people who pick pockets at Auschwitz. But the cow-rustler is worse in a way. Because what did s/he do with that cow? Take it home to the children? “Here, children, play with this delightful cow that is covered with asbestos and cremains.” I wonder if somewhere there is an eight-year-old kid with a hacking cough who has been sleeping with his/her favorite cow for the past seven years. That would really be a case of the sins of the parent being visited upon the child.
I’m bringing this up because something wonderful happened. Bumpe’s creator, Christopher Carlson, stumbled upon my old post and sent me a new Bumpe. He also autographed an alphabet book starring Bumpe and look! Bumpe is thinking about me. I am so excited. Thank you, Christopher Carlson!
While I’m thanking Christopher, I should take a moment to thank the other peeps whom I’ve met or interviewed because of this blog and who have made doing the blog worthwhile, including but not limited to Christian Francis Roth, Judaysia, Leah, La Belette Rouge, Jennifer, Megan, ENC, In Yr Fshn, Bobble Bee, Agathe of Style Bytes, Jennine, Times of Glory, Sharon Rose, Annie from Poetic & Chic, Oh Lady E, AltamiraNYC, Gala Darling, Fabulous Girl’s Boudoir, Somlynn (well, almost!) and Fernando the iHog.
Back to Bumpe! It seems he is transgendered, because when I asked Christopher if Bumpe should be called a cow or a bull, the reply was, “He thinks he is a cow (I tried to explain to him the whole cow – bull thing, but he just doesn’t get it ).” I also think Bumpe must be a Surrealist, because after I told Christopher I’d be writing this post, he said, “What a delight re the blog mention!- Bumpe has been pretending to be a large brooch ever since he heard.” BWAH! WTF? I love it.
Nowadays, Bumpe is decorating the windows of the Museum of American Folk Art.
To buy your own Bumpe in person, go to the museum, Zipper Gifts in L.A., or Mxyplyzyk in New York. But the best place is online at bumpeshop.com. Christopher Carlson read about myauction and fundraising on behalf of the Nielson family and offered to send 10% of any Bumpe adoption resulting from my blog to the Nielson’s fund. So don’t steal my Bumpe! Go buy your own Bumpe and help a good cause.
If you prefer skin care products to stuffed animals, check out gorgeous blogger Mama Fasha. She’s offering to donate her proceeds from sales of MK Skin Care for the rest of this month to the Nielsons. The latest update on NieNie, by the way, is that she had skin-grafting surgery and is still in critical condition.
UPDATED 9/11/12 TO ADD: There’s a list of my other 9/11 posts here.