Harvest Mom, dog trainer, shepherdess, spinner, naturalist, teacher, wife, friend, daughter, sister, rabid football fan, musician (barely), artist in my own mind, writer wannabe, chocoholic. Easily distracted by bright shiny objects.
The Map Man
Bridge Engineer, map follower, accidental farmer, master go-with-the-flow-er, juggler of oranges and life, world's best father. My partner (for 24 years), my best friend (for 29 years), my heart (for eternity), my balance, my obsession. The reason I am where and who I want to be.
Twelve, enthusiastic, creative, hilarious, musical, dramatic, driven, future professional dancer (and whatever else he puts his mind to). Has a zest for life and all it's many nooks and crannies.
Nine (and a half!), karate kid, sensitive, imaginative, inquisitive, affectionate, observant, thoughtful, a free spirit with an old soul. Talks to animals and trees, listens to the wind and the stars.
10 months, bubbly, silly, musically inclined, cat (and penguin!) obsessed, baby on the go
In this story, Ananse tricks his friend Donkey into acting like his slave to win the love of a girl that Donkey wants to marry. Here's Zoo Boy's depiction of that scene.
Then Ananse pretended to be sick, and convinced Donkey to stay and watch over his house while he went to seek medical help, and if he didn't return in a year, Donkey could have his house and marry the girl. Of course, by then, Ananse had already married the girl and taken her far away, so Donkey never saw either of them again. This is J's drawing of Ananse acting sick. J didn't like this story when i told it -- he cried at the end in sympathy for poor broken-hearted Donkey. I expected some angst during our recall the following day, but he surprised me by seeming OK with it, like he'd come to terms with Donkey's loss.