secret wishes of stuffed tigers
The kids that play outside make fun of the tiger in the window simply because it is there, and thus fodder for amusement.
Stupid fluffy baby toy.
And the tiger cannot move from the window, so it is forced to watch and listen. It accepts their taunts with unblinking plastic eyes.
The neighbor glares from her window across the way. It is impossible to tell if she glares at the children or the tiger or both.
The tiger doesn’t mind. The tiger is patient.
It knows that if it wishes hard enough, someday it can be a real tiger.
Then they’ll be sorry.
About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.