[ b r o k e n c o o k i e . c o m ]

home . briefing . index . books

Big Rat

Rohnert Park
Aug. 20, 1999

< < previous | next > >

The climax of a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party is the moment when a 6-foot Chuck E. Cheese himself joins your party at the table for the singing of "Happy Birthday."

Claire is unimpressed with this gag. At age 2, she didn't like the idea of trying to pretend nothing is wrong while a six-foot-tall rat joins you at the dinner table, and now at 3, she's still not into it. He's bearable at a few yards distance; when he starts to move, all bets are off.

So who's crazy? The fools singing along with the six-foot-rat, or the one soul in touch with her basic primal instincts? Survival 101: Six-foot-rat enters the room, you run.