I was noodling around the internet the other day and lo! and behold, I found the Holt family coat of arms. Now I'm not the most trusting sort when it comes to any cyber-source of information, but this image made me smile:
The reason for my amusement is the rodent on top of the knight's helmet. It puts some things I've written in Chapter 2 of Sunday is for Suspects in an interesting light. Here's the first snippet:
In my parents’ yard, the ‘War of Squirrel Insurgency’ begins anew. Now, I’ve never actually seen the squirrels in action, you understand, but Dad is convinced they break small branches off his trees and throw them down into the yard for pure cussedness. As I pull up, the first casualties from this year’s opening salvo litter the grass.
Dad is out front, gathering fallen twigs from under the ponderous oaks. Fergus, his little Yorkie, noses around the trunks, always alert for the stray “rat with a fluffy tail.” Dad was warned not to break out the shotgun in town anymore, so Fergus is all the firepower he can muster against the furry foes. Still, the battle must be enjoined each spring.
Part of me is glad some things don’t change, however ridiculous they may be.
And then later in the same chapter:
Julie Mason glances up at me, pushes her sandy bangs out of her eyes and then finishes fiddling with the plant on her sister's grave before straightening to her full gangly height. Back in the day, Julie was a power forward on the Lady Marmots basketball team.
Yeah, I know. It’s a weird choice for a mascot, but Coldwater’s high school teams have been known as the Fighting Marmots since the 1950’s. The name at least has the benefit of being politically correct since no one can possibly be offended by a glorified ground squirrel.
Except, of course, my dad, for whom squirrels of any stripe are anathema.
Somehow, the squirrel on the knight's helmet in the Holt family coat of arms seems singularly appropriate now, doesn't it? And the fact that I was unaware of my familial connection with the furry critter makes Mr. Evan's private war with them all the more fun And don't worry. The War of Squirrel Insurgency will escalate as the story progresses.