A Monkey in the Garden

Baby carrots were just the beginning.

Once upon a time, when I was just a young lad, my father decided to embark on one of the most unique adventures of his life: monkey-sitting. It all began one sunny Friday afternoon when my father showed up at our doorstep with a mischievous glint in his eye and a furry friend in tow. The friend, or should I say the guest of honor, was none other than a pet monkey named Charles. I couldn’t believe my eyes—I had seen monkeys in the zoo, and like most kids, I was utterly fascinated by them. This was going to be a weekend like no other.

Eager to prove my worth, I immediately offered to help with the monkey’s care and feeding. My father, with a chuckle, readily accepted my offer. With a pocket full of bananas and a bag of monkey kibble, we were ready to embark on a weekend of monkey business.

The real fun kicked off on Saturday morning when it was time to do a little harvesting in our backyard garden. Charles, the well-behaved monkey, was equipped with a harness and leash but was granted the freedom to roam around as he pleased. It didn’t take long before we realized that Charles had a taste for the finer things in life—fresh, homegrown produce.

Our adventure took an unexpected twist as we watched Charles expertly dig up baby carrots, dust them off with his tiny hands, and munch on them with an enthusiastic chomp. It was like witnessing a monkey gourmet delight in the sweet, earthy flavors of our garden. These carrots weren’t even ready for harvesting, but Charles didn’t seem to care as he savored them with a mischievous grin.

With his new-found love for our garden, Charles hopped over to the berry bushes. He would carefully pick blackberries from the bush, inspecting each one with a discerning eye before devouring them. It was as if he had transformed into a connoisseur of berries, savoring every bite. The snap peas didn’t escape his discerning palate either, and he munched on them like a true food critic.

Although Charles had some sort of specially prepared monkey food in a bag, he seemed much more interested in our fresh fruits and vegetables. It was a delightful spectacle to behold, and it filled our hearts with amusement and wonder. We laughed as Charles became a garden gourmet, sampling the delights of nature right before our eyes.

On Monday morning, it was time for Charles to return to his regular life. My father took him to work, where I can only assume he was safely handed back to his owner. Oddly enough, this quirky little visit left me more appreciative of all the fresh fruits and vegetables that were a part of my life. It was as if Charles had given me a new perspective on the wonders of the natural world, and I found myself cherishing the simple pleasures of our garden.

And, of course, at the earliest opportunity, I asked my parents to take me back to the zoo so I could visit with all the monkeys. I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about Charles, the gourmet garden monkey, and the unforgettable weekend that had added a touch of hilarity and charm to our lives.

GreenPrints has a treasure trove of animal hijinx in the garden. Check out our Animal Tales collection to read some of our favorites!

Happy gardening, and even happier storytelling!

  • Mo H.

    Mr. Nicolas, you are my writing hero! I just love your stories and your ever so descriptive style of writing. It comes as no surprise that you are with GreenPrints! God Bless you, and I look forward to continued blessings in being able to read your stories!

    • Christy P.

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am so happy that you are enjoying the stories.


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