Protector of Peeps® Candy Wafer LLLama is one of the LLLamas featured in Meet the LLLamas. She has a new challenge, but she’s ready.
As her fans know, she was the SpokesLLLama for a number of multi-national candy companies until senior management replaced her with a giggling animated candy bar. She recovered from that insult by joining an international nondenominational non-profit that cares for retired Easter Bunnies.
Her second job: Peeps Protection
She took on a very part-time job, Peeps® Protection, and began blogging for “Safety First: Keep Peeps® Out of Microwaves.” In the early years, when Peeps® were in stores for 15 minutes before Easter, this was a very part time job. Now that Peeps® are available year-round, she has had to up her game. None of her friends are surprised that she now has two full-time jobs.
Her challenge thrown down from AARP
A recent AARP newsletter features 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Peeps® which would be fascinating were it not for the instructions for creating a microwave to-the-death engagement between two Peeps® and two toothpicks.
Candy Wafer read the piece and cried “For shame!” She has begun a massive social media campaign to thwart this dastardly turn in the long and storied life of Peeps®.
Peeps Protection and the international water crisis
“Peeps® protection has never been more important than it is today. With a growing international water crisis, it is irresponsible to blast Peeps® in a microwave. The cleanup takes an enormous amount of water. Melted and boiled sugar is difficult to remove from easily accessible spaces, but microwaves require a long reach — especially for short people.
“Inevitably,” she added, “the culprit is not the one in charge of cleanup.”
Two books will be tucked into my card rack: Meet the LLLamas and The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul. I’ll have cards and prints with flamingos, LLLamas, parrots, cats, Robert the Tap Dancing Rooster, Peter Pangolin, new roosters, Pinky the Beaded Pig, Glenda Diva Gecko, The Giant Stained Glass Penguin, and more!
I read a piece in National Geographic in 2011 that introduced me to The Plight of Pangolins who are wildly sought after as bush meat and because they are rumored to have medicinal properties. I wrote a blog post, painted Peter Pangolin’s portrait, dedicating it to Pangolin Preservation, and included his story in The Small Friends’ Chronicles.
Peter Pangolin Today
Unlike Pangolins in the wild, Peter is living a good life in France as a truffle hunter. As recounted in The Small Friends’ Chronicles, Peter is allergic to ants and termites (typical Pangolin food), so he was too sickly to be attractive to bush meat hunters. Luckily he was scooped up by a Veterinarian-Without-Borders and sent in a diplomatic package to her parents who are 6th generation French truffle hunters. The parents fattened him up (on chocolate truffles), and everyone was delighted to find that Peter is a natural truffle hunter. He makes a tidy living, and once a month he goes to Paris to visit his friend The French LLLama (from Meet the LLLamas). They walk on the Champs-Elysées, drink Café au lait, and visit La Boutique Jaune de Sacha Finkelsztajn for the best apple cake in the world. (Peter Pangolin Print:$30 plus shipping at ETSY)
Pangolins in the world today
Sadly, things are much much worse today. The New York Times recently published a long and sad piece about their current situation.