I’ll bet some of you were wondering, after yesterday’s post, what surprise was in store for Miss Charlotte, inside that pretty candy egg. As it turned out, even though I knew the answer to that particular mystery (and couldn’t wait for Charlotte to be in on it, too), an even bigger surprise than a rare baby woot awaited all of us, a bit later in the day.

The Ruby-Plumed Woop—And not such a nice surprise, either!

The long and short of it is…My sister Carol, up in Madison, called yesterday afternoon— reporting in, I figured, on the lunch that she, Dad, and our other sister, Julia, were scheduled to have had at noon. But it turned out that a hip replacement was on the menu instead, after Dad took a spill on a hard marble floor.

The good news is, the patient is resting comfortably tonight up in Wisconsin, after having had successful surgery a bit earlier this evening.

Dad, if you’re reading this in the morning, we all hope you feel much, much better today, and send best wishes your way as you embark on your first day of rehab. Looking forward to more updates and to seeing you in person real soon!

Meanwhile, happy late Thursday night, everyone, and have a good Friday. (—With no new surprises, unless they are the really good kind, OK?)

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Jean Tuttle is a Chicago-area illustrator, designer, and doodler.
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6 Responses to Surprise!

  1. Give a get well soon message from me for your Dad.
    Love Jill

    • Jean says:

      Thanks, Jill — I know he will appreciate it. He will probably be checking in here later (has laptop and iPhone with him) and will see any comments, but I will definitely convey your good wishes to him in the meanwhile. Thanks again…!

  2. Richard says:

    Not a good surprise at all. So sorry to hear that! I hope your dad has a quick recovery.

    By the way, my framed birthday drawing arrived, and I’ve been enjoying revisiting it and the Charlotte Russe — many thanks again Jean (and Carol and Blackie).

    • Jean says:

      Thanks so much for the good wishes, Richard — I will be sure to pass them along!

      Meanwhile, so glad the drawings got there AOK — and again, so sorry for the long wait. Some days I feel like I am swimming in molasses, trying to get things done!

      Take care, and best to Chris and the rest of the household…

  3. carol says:

    I had no idea Charlotte was the motherly type. I loved Karen’s comment yesterday about her Dad’s stories. I do wonder what happened to Toby after that cliff hanger–I loved your veterinary dentist suggestion. I also love the chocolate egg in your illustrations. Reminds me of that Easter Golden Book we had once upon a time.

    • Jean says:

      Hey Sis — Not so sure Charlotte *is* the motherly type, but she is very fond of woots as hat decorations, anyway. (See cartoon under the previous “Crazy for Maira Kalman” post.)

      Beyond that, who knows, she may surprise us. I never thought she would take a mouse (Daisy) with her on a trip to Mexico either. Not as a companion, anyway (versus a snack).

      Meanwhile, I know…loved Karen’s comment, too, about story time at her house growing up. What fun!

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