The Year of the Quokka

My husband and his sister were wondering about the coming year. “Is it the year of the platypus or the year of the lobster?” asked Jeff.

“It’s the year of the tardigrade,” declared Amy.

“You’re both wrong,” I said. “It is the year of the quokka.”

With apologies to the Chinese zodiac, and the actual Year of the Ox (which starts on the eve of February 11), this spirited…