Tuesday, December 11th 2007
The Camel, The Goat, and the Other One.

i stood at the sink, brushing my teeth just now when mom came into the bathroom.

she says, “what do you think happens to the goat, the camel, and the (some other animal i already forgot)?”

Ummm? We weren’t talking about three animals, of which i can only remember two. She’s picking up the kids’ bath toys in the tub, so i lean over and look to see if there are are toy versions of those three animals. No.

“Mom, I can’t even begin to guess the context for that sentence.”

“Oh! I thought you knew. Ethan-7yr said there is a display at his school with a camel, a goat, and a (whatever she said). I just wondered what happened to them at night. If they have to stay there all night or not. Because they’re probably cold.”

“Ummm. Well. They probably stay outside at night even when not on duty at the school.” By this point she has also further explained that there is some sort of live nativity scene going on for a week, complete with a camel, a goat, and a who-knows-what. Just three animals, serving the Lord.

“Yeah. I just wondered if they had security. Ethan-7yr would know. He thinks about stuff like that.”

It’s kinda sad if the camel, the goat, and the Forgotten Third Animal of a nativity scene need their own bodyguards.
It’s completely wonderful to have brief, bizarre little conversations like that.


4 Comments on “The Camel, The Goat, and the Other One.”

December 11th, 2007
3:15 pm

Too funny! Sounds like the conversations I have with my Mom :o )

December 11th, 2007
5:10 pm

I do hope the animals are safe and warm.

And I really really hope the 3rd animal is a wombat. Or a poodle.

December 12th, 2007
9:11 am

Llama? It’s kind of in the camel vein. And hardy when it somes to cold weather so not so much of a worry. Although one of out goats had twins in the the middle of winter this year so they’re fairly hardy too. Although we did have to rush them to the vet because they were freezing to death….

December 13th, 2007
7:07 pm

I bet it was a cow. Doesn’t every Live Nativity need a cow? (The cattle are lowing and whatnot…) But if LaLa was right and the 3rd Animal is a wombat, I’m totally coming to see that nativity.

And? I have those kinds of bizarre, fragmented, out of left field conversations with my own mom. This is a great post – it made me miss her!

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