Nary A Sheep

Puerco Real Among The Iris

Live with another person long enough, and you end up speaking a private, multi-layered language.

I realized that the other day when we were showing some friends our yard and someone commented on the metal pig sculpture near the iris.  I had to stop myself from explaining, “That’s Puerco Real,” which can mean the ‘real pig’ or the ‘royal pig,’ but it’s also a sort of inside joke for us,  because Jim did a lot of archeology out on the Rio Puerco, so we were punning on that, too.”

Instead, I said, “Thank you.  My brother gave it to us years ago.”

Not nearly as much fun, but a lot easier on guests.

In our home, rain clouds are never mentioned as such, because that might scare them away.

(This happens a lot here, so we’re not superstitious.  It isn’t superstition if it happens.)

Instead, in the best tradition of Jim’s Irish ancestors speaking of the Sidhe folks without actually mentioning them by name, we refer to rain clouds in a variety of colorful ways.  Many of these refer to sheep, because clouds, like sheep, are fluffy and often white and gather in flocks.

So there are scattered sheep, dirty sheep, sheep off to the west, and, very, very often Evil Sheep.  Why evil?  Because they often scatter and go away without giving us the rain we want.

We have new neighbors.  If they overhear us, they probably think they’ve moved next door to two crazy people.

It probably won’t help that most summer nights we go out “toad hunting,” that is, looking for toads by flashlight.  No toads are ever damaged in this activity.

So here you are, lovely spring iris, the Real Pig (who just might be a river valley), photographed on a bright spring day with nary a sheep in sight.

4 Responses to “Nary A Sheep”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    We have sheep as far as the eye can see. I’ll happily herd some of them east!😉
    My daughters and I have a made up language too. In fact, I make up words all the time, then forget that other people don’t know what my made up words mean.😆

    • janelindskold Says:

      Yes! Jim and I were visiting my mom this past week, and used one of our typical expressions and she could not be blamed for not “getting” what we were talking about.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    Nice sense of humor; everyone needs some humor. Like Jim, I’m of Irish descent (3rd Gen) and enjoy the pipes as well as Celtic music. Spring is now here but not much rain. We could use it as everyone knows. The toads at my place are avoiding my back door since the dogs will play with them. I have not put un a garden, but I may plant some tomatoes yet. Enjoy the week!

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