Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thank You - for everything

The photo at the bottom is of a handstamped postcard. I made dozens for the Church Bazaar. Different stamps and phrases.

I had a request for embellishment on one of the funny stories. So I will tell this one.

The rooster and the raccoon.

I grew up in very rural north Georgia. Just outside of Royston. Growing up in the country affords many opportunities for unusual pets. My Dad tended to indulge my Sister and me, so we played on that to get the pets. My uncle was a chicken grower and we were at his house shortly after the company caught chickens. One of the birds fell off the truck in the driveway. Now the birds are grown for food. They are too stupid to get out of the road etc. Anyway we felt sorry for the chicken, begged, and Daddy gave in. (we were maybe 7 and 9 years old) So JB, the rooster comes to live at our house. We let him roam the yard and this chicken gained to the size of a turkey. Huge chicken. Stupid too. He would roost and point his beak straight in the air when it rained - nearly drowned more than once. But the dog never bothered him - he was bigger than the dog.

Fast forward. We have had JB for quite some time and he really was a pet. It is COLD COLD weather and we hear JB in the dark. He sounds like he is somewhere down by the pond. Tears and screams from me and Sister. My dad was nude (do not ask - we did not want to know) at the time but my Mom sent him to check on the "damn chicken" (her exact phrase) and out the door a naked man goes with a flashlight into 20 degree F weather.

A raccoon has caught the rooster and coons always wash their food so he was dunking said food into the pond, standing on the ice around the edge. The last we saw of my dad was him going down the bank, cussing and into the pond to rescue the chicken. He had to wade waist deep to accomplish this task. We laugh so hard when Mom tells that story now, because she says how rescuing that chicken ruined her entire night. At the time me and my Sister didn't understand, now I do.

This will be my last post until next Monday. I have been doing lists for my Thansgivings, but today I am going to simply say Thank You - to God, my family, friends, loved ones, and to all of you inspiring bloggers out there.

I will be sitting in the waiting room at the hospital tomorrow while my Husband has a colonoscopy and intestinal biopsy. He is a little freaked out by the whole process, so if you would remember us, I will appreciate it so much. Then Thanksgiving with our families and a little R & R for the weekend.
I will be back Monday.

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. Tell those around you how important they are.


bekka said...

what a great story! thanks for making me smile.

Vallen said...

You should write a picture book of that story.
Thinking of you tomorrow. Love to all

MaryAnn said...

That is really a hilarious story!!! I bet that chicken ruined the raccoon's night, too:)

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the little critters!!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

My prayers and thoughts to you and your husband. Godspeed!!

Deb said...

Hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving, and that all goes well with your husband's tests.