Roger came running into the room. He looked around then ran up to Jessica and Millicent. “Do you know what today is?” he asked.
Millicent knew what every day was. Today was Sunday. But this seemed like a trick question. “No Roger, what day is it?”
“It’s Carrotunalia Eve!”
Jessica looked at Roger. “It’s what? there’s no such thing – the big rabbits have been teasing you again, like they did when they told you it was Paint Your Head Green day and you looked like a furry brussel sprout for two weeks because you bought a permanent colour!”
Roger looked a little disheartened. “But it seemed like such a brilliant day” he said. “It’s the day that we give the gift of a carrot to someone that we felt deserved it. I thought we could give Colin a carrot to say thank you.”
Jessica felt a little bad for Roger. Even if it was a made-up day, Roger’s idea of giving a thank you present to Colin was a lovely one – and one that she wanted to support. She looked at Millicent, then at Roger, and said
“Oh, Carotunalia Day! It had slipped my mind! Of course, and yes, Colin would be a wonderful person to give the present to. Do you have the carrot and any wrapping paper?”
Millicent went to spoke. “Carrotunalia Day isn’t….” but Jessica cut across her “… isn’t often celebrated here, so it will be nice to do this; that’s what you were going to say, wasn’t it Jessica? Now Roger, go and get the paper, carrot and tape and we can wrap the present.”
With a happy skip, Roger ran off. Jessica explained to Millicent that she didn’t think it was a real day either, but for once this would be a nice thing that Roger was unlikely to be told off for.
Shortly, Roger returned and they set everything up.
Millicent looked at the paper – and the carrot. She wondered how they would wrap it – without thumbs it all looked very difficult. As usual, Roger wasn’t deterred by such challenges. “I can do it” he said. He set to with his usual enthusiasm and soon the carrot was … well…
“Oh dear” said Millicent, “Well the carrot is certainly well wrapped up”.
“So is Roger” said Jessica.
“MMMm-mm mm-mmm” said Roger, who had tape across his face.
“It’s going to hurt a bit” said Jessica “but we do need to take that bit off you.”
“But he’ll be able to talk again” said Millicent. “Do we have to?”
“As I said, it’s going to hurt a bit… for us and him” teased Jessica.
“Mmm mmmm mmm OWWWW!!” cried Roger. “I’m sure that’s taken whiskers off too!”
Colin walked into the room. “What are you children doing?” he asked. “What’s that… and why is Roger… OK, I don’t need to know that and it’s probably best that I don’t!”.
“HAPPY CARROTUNALIA DAY!!” exclaimed Roger.
“Umm, isn’t that tomorrow?” asked Millicent. Jessica shrugged. If it was a made up day, then it was a real one now.
“Carrotunalia Day?” asked Colin. “Don’t think I’ve heard of that one!”. Roger explained the day and what it meant – and why they were giving the gift to Colin.
Colin thought for a moment. “Well, I think it’s a lovely day – and do you know what, I DO remember the older rabbits telling me about it once. I don’t think it is fixed to any particular date or time, so today can be Carrotunalia day!”
“Hurrah!” exclaimed Roger. “Here’s your present!”
“Not sure how you’ll open it though” added Millicent.
Colin looked at the package. “Actually, it’s quite simple” he said. “If I unfold here…” The parcel unwrapped itself with no unsticking at all. “Roger got so much tape on himself that he didn’t actually stick the tape to anything but itself!”
Colin looked at the Carrot. “It’s a lovely carrot though” he said “thank you all of you for this present.” Everyone smiled. “But”, Colin added, “I came down here for a particular reason. I was going to ask why there was a large hole in the wallpaper in the living room…”