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Monday, August 25, 2008

The story of the Giant One



In which Billy Baker the one eyed pug shares a secret of his breed, knowing the audience is open to the many mysteries of the universe, or at least not judgmental.

As a young pup I knew my daily life was unique, as I could see much more like a fly. While I was often ridiculed by even the best of friends, I just got used to the stupid comments. People are much worse than the creatures with what they think are humorous pokes at my facial look. "Did you run into a wall?", they'd asked, in that baby talk voice they use on their own fledglings. I got so tired of it. At some point, I just couldn't stand it, and I took to passing gas, silently of course, if they told a joke about my face.

I lived just fine for many years with my over weight eyeballs, until one day, while living in the presence of the chocolate lab named after a pie, I was partaking in a good game of 'run around the tree really fast". As usual, I was slower, but since I am much smaller, was able to trip the big chocolate fellow up. This unfortunately caused him to fall, and I don't know if it was his toe, or a stick, or grass, that grazed my bald eyeball. But whatever it was, my eyeball fell ill, and did not improve. The Two Footers squeezed cool liquids and medicines into my aching orb, but one day later, my eyeball felt so heavy and so strange like it was swirling outside my head. When blood squirted out after one medicine was applied, the Two Footer rushed me into the Medicine Keeper in town.

They shot giant streams of light into my aching eyeball. I knew already what this meant. Our breed is forewarned even before we are born, in dreams and embryonic classes, on what life is often like with our bulging eyeballs. We know that there are many obstacles to our eyes. And we are raised to appreciate every day with out having something run into our eyeballs.

So by the tones of the Two Footer, and all the kisses I was getting, I knew my eyeball was moving onto the Great Place to live amongst stars and other magnificent orbs. This did not worry me. I knew my eyeball would be returning to where it originated, to the Giant One in the night sky. The Two Footers call it a moon, and they say it orchestrates tides of the ocean. The Giant One sends off little eyeballs to all the earthly mother pugs precisely at the time the mother pug gives birth. We pugs don't bother to tell the Two Footers that our eyeballs are born from their moon, because we know they would scoff at it. But I am sharing it here with you, in case you live with a pug, so you can be more respectful of 'full moon' nights. We pugs call it "Giant One Calling" night. For once a month, on the full moon, all pugs instinctively gravitate to the garden, or window seat, and sit amongst the loving shinings of the moon. And for those pugs who have lost an eye, they look up at pride to the night sky, knowing their eyeball is now with the Giant One. It will be nourished by starlight, and in time, it will return to another mother pug, and placed in a young pup to once again see earthly delights.


--The End--

7 comments:

coloredsock said...

oh one-eyed pugs out there! i will forever think of you now on the full moon and whenever i do the moon salutation. and coming from eyes that see oddly, i really wonder how YOU see the world out of your one wide fish-bowl globe. please, paint me a picture sometime. xo

ps kd, i love your unhinged mind...thanks for the afternoon storytime! let the stories unfold...

Amy C Evans said...

oooh, beautiful, magical drawing!

Mare said...

Billy tells a great tale...Mare(soon to be the two footed friend of a chihuahua/pug mix)

Terry Busse said...

Wow, I had know idea how amazing you pugs are. I really admire how you know -a deep in your body knowing- that you are one with the moon. I think I must have some pug in me somewhere, because I too love to watch the light of the full moon sprinkled in the garden.
Thank you dear Pug
Terry

Cathy said...

I knew that sweet boy had stories to tell! Thanks for giving him a voice, Katherine.

Our Juicy Life said...

excellent post...makes me miss our Augie. Pugs are the best.

farmlady said...

Dear Billy,
That was a beautiful story. Those of us who have missing parts, by accidents or disease, know that we are special and will be whole again some day.
One of my goats dances on his back legs when there is a full moon. You have given me better understanding of my animals and the "lovely shinings of the moon".
Thank you.

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