[lit-ideas] Re: Hereabouts
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- Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:28:32 +0000 (UTC)
Arsenal this week had periods of sublime play; today they were pedestrian.>
And lucky. Very lucky. Great result.
From: david ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, 2 October 2016, 20:38
Subject: [lit-ideas] Hereabouts
There are no extra points in soccer for style. Perhaps there should be.
Arsenal this week had periods of sublime play; today they were pedestrian.
They won all three matches. Got exactly three points for each.
Hamish is currently resting near the kitchen, tired out after playing in goal
for England. That, at least, is his view of things. Up at the school he’ll
retrieve with the retrievers but what he really wants to play is, “Don’t let a
sheep get past.” The sheep, in this instance, is a tennis ball, kicked by
yours truly. He thinks this game is better even than squirrels, which are his
other interest. He’s working on a theory about why they’re in the world.
Expect a magnum opus.
A week of rare harmony among the chickens, all of them moving together through
the sun-dappled underbrush or huddling under the table in the rain. Squirrels
hurried to stock their larders. Hamish took notes and was seen to go among the
chickens to do field research. I didn’t hear that conversation, but I did
catch some debate on what to do about retirement. It’s been a while since
we’ve had an egg so the girls are beginning to think about what comes next.
Appenzeller proposed travel, “Stretch ourselves, see the world.” Pecorino said
she’d seen much of it and did not recommend this plan of action. “You never
know what danger lurks beyond the fence.” Mimo was dismissive of danger,
“Can’t be any more dangerous than standing up to that great lump of a Hamish.
‘Yeah? You and whose army?’ Show them who’s boss.” Cheddar said she thought
it a good rule in life not to antagonize a being that weighs eight times as
much as a chicken.
Rocky said she was thinking of taking up knitting.
“Something spiders do.”
“Well how’d you go about it?”
“See this piece of string. You pull on it like so and then you…Actually I’m
not sure what the second step might be. I keep hoping to ask, but spiders tend
to run from us.”
“Because we eat them.”
“That may be the reason.”
“I’ll ask Hamish.”
“He’s got hair. Maybe he passes the long dark teatime of the soul…the hours he
spends when the gods are gone...knitting.”
“You never know."
Mimo offered, “We could form a football team.”
“American or the other kind?”
“Chicken. Chicken football.”
“Seems a funny aspiration for retirement, just kicking a ball.”
“You’re missing the social aspect.”
“Ooooh, social aspect. I like the sound of that.”
“That’s healthy that is, being social.”
Cheddar had an objection, “I draw the line at rioting. I’ve heard that can be
involved and it’s compltely incompatible with my worldview.”
The took a vote on the motion. “No rioting in retirement” passed unanimously.
With the grape harvest in, I went inside to make wine.
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