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Friday, April 06, 2007

Thou shall not steal...well...



I know one is not supposed to covet thy neighbor's wife or husband, but what about donkeys? Is stealing a baby donkey, say, for one or two days simply to hold it and squeeze it so bad? I would leave a note, I only live a mile away, and I have her brother Pino, bred from the same mother and father donkey. Surely he should meet his little sister and have some relationship with her...

I stole some gum once when I was age five. Actually, I did not steal it - I thought it was free, as I told my mother that it was just right out there on the counter top when my Dad was checking out at our family hardware store. On the same outing, I also took a red dog collar rimmed with fake diamonds which was hanging in a cardboard display at the checkout. My intentions were to give it to our family poodle, so I was perplexed when I was admonished for taking free things and wanting to share with those I loved. My parents sat me down and explained what I did was wrong, and this was a store we went into almost every weekend and we had a relationship with these people. I was very upset, as the red collar suited my poodle so much - red was her color. So they trotted me back there, and my father explained to the owner. It was family run, and the older mother of the clan, grandmotherly, squeezed my cheeks and said 'Oh that's all right honey, take them home with you.' Not exactly what my parents had intended to reinforce the lesson...

So, that memory popped into my head as I had to leave the baby donkey - perhaps if I took her home, and Martyn would say, "Katherine, did they give you the baby donkey?"..."No"...."Did you buy the baby donkey?"..."No"...."You can't take the baby donkey, it is not yours, you must return her."....And then I would return the baby donkey and her human Mom would squeeze my cheeks and say, "It's alright, honey, you take her home with you."

It's comforting knowing she is a mile away. I will someday soon walk Pino Blangiforti up to meet her, and he can visit with his mother Gabriella and father Angelo - who can bray with a whole carrot in his mouth like a cigar. And of course, we will take a home made pie.

9 comments:

Xris said...

He's so beautiful. And a great haircut.

Cathy said...

I'm a fool for any critter with furry ears, and that little girl is beyond adorable!

Do you think Pino would recognize her as his sister? m

Amanda said...

oh my that donkey is so so adorable.

Pam Aries said...

tee hee..I would try t osteal him too! How cute! He is an Easter Donkey! I love his big ears anf fluffy face! THank you for sharing all the farmlife! I love it!

AmeliaB said...

I once "stole" a eraser from my art teacher(aka took it home without telling her). When I brought it back and tried to explain she just said something like "If you need an eraser there in the box of erasers." She had a puzzled look like "What is this girl talking about?" What owner wouldn't *expect* you to hug and cuttle their cute donkey? :-)

~Amelia

Mrs. G said...

"steal" is such a hard word :)

I think the proper phrasing might be, especially when talking about a gem-encrusted poodle collar and a beautiful Baby Donkey, "Long Term Loan Taken Without Prior Authorization" :)

sigh...she is such a beautiful little donkey...I want to squeeze her, too...and those ears! what fun to rub the edges...

Mrs G

p.s. I'm going to show Baby Donkey's photo to DH...I've only been campaigning for a BD for a couple of years now...

Thanks for sharing the great photos

Abby Creek Art said...

Katherine...sorry I haven't visited in awhile. We lost our sweet dog, Abby from kidney failure so I've been laying low for awhile.

These are the sweetest donkeys...I wanna give that baby a big hug!

Also...LOVE your "Souls with Wings" piece. It's gorgeous.

xoxo

Carla Sonheim said...

His little face (and bangs) are too cute for words... I would like to "borrow" him as well! SOOOOO CUTE! (I love farm animals.)

Tana said...

You're not only not suppose to steal, you aren't supposed to covet. Not your neighbor's wife, and not your neighbor's ass, and most especially not your neighbor's wife's ass.

: D

Cute as can bee, that little donkey.

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