Norbert and Xanzabelle and my grandaughter Reese
Ever since this diabolical duo landed in my shop, my granddaughter Reese has been fascinated by them. It started with Skype conversations.Norbert was the chattier of the two and he would, more than occasionally, Skype Reese starting when Reese was just 3 1/2 years old.
He was always polite, but still Reese found him to be a bit intimidating, and also, quite creepy – especially when Xanzabelle caught him talking to her and glared at Reese from over Norbert's shoulder.
seldom spoke but still somehow managed to be the more forbidding of the two.
Reese would ask for them whenever she Skyped me and (unless they were currently
sold out) they would oblige and come to the computer screen to say hello.
It used to be that Norbert and Xanzabelle only showed up in the fall in my shop, but recently they decided to move into our winter home (which is just down the street from my granddaughter) and they have parked themselves on my fireplace mantle... Unless they decide to move to the credenza or the bar... Or - God forbid – the kitchen!
Reese is five now... But she is still completely enchanted by the two of them… and they still make her just a little bit nervous – she's still not quite sure… "Nana - are Norbert and Xanzabelle real?"