“Sir Wrinkles, how did you get to where you are today?”
I didn’t always live like this. Not too long ago I was living with friends back in China. Not sure where, but somewhere. Honestly, I was just another ceramic dog in my old town. From the outside looking in we all looked the same. But I knew I was different. I knew that someday I was going to get out of my box and make something of myself. I didn’t even have time to say bye to my friends. But that’s fine. I never felt at home there. As you can imagine, I thought I had made it big when I heard the Crate & Barrel news. I pictured myself on a well-lit shelf being adorned by soccer moms, children and an undefinable few alike. However, like most immigrants coming to America it didn’t turn out as expected.
Instead of being able the live in the glory of the show room I was kept caged in cardboard for the purpose of something called “e-commerce”. For months I didn’t see the light of day. I was confused. “Is this the promise land I’d heard of?” I’d ask myself. Despite my doubts, I kept my head in the exact same position because I’m ceramic and stayed statically positive. At one point I was dropped, but I didn’t let that break me.
My steadfastness paid off. Sure enough I was purchased by some personal assistant in California who I now know bought me to give to her boss’ daughter as a house warming present. Am I disappointed that I never got to live the life of fame that I dreamed about? Being displayed gloriously to upper middle class shoppers under bright halogen lights? All I can say is that we all have our dreams. And sometimes that is all they will ever be – dreams. But at the end of the day what we are all looking for is identity and acceptance.
That is what I found on my owner and life mate’s kitchen counter. Whether she needs her keys held or a quirky conversation started when friends are over, I’m here for her as Sir Wrinkles and I’m recognized for who I am. That’s all I could ever ask for.
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