|Naming Menerva's Chicks
||Today is more rain come again. I like rain. I like the music
it does make. I like to have feels of it on my head. When it rains, I like to go barefooted. I like to feel the clean mud by the
ooze up between my toes. When I did see the rain coming down in so fast a way, I did go to the barn. And after I did have them off, I did put my shoes and
in the hay. I went out to talk with
Michael Angelo Sanzio Raphael
about this day being the
of Sanzio Raphael in 1483. Then I came down by the lane. I was so glad to have my shoes and stockings off. The feel was so good. Having my shoes and stockings off made my heels feel like they were getting wings. I went up and down the lane.
||I had thinks to go see how was
in the hen-house. I saw her feathers were more fluffy, and there was some more heads than hers in her nest. There was the heads of the little chickens I did pick out names for before they was yet hatched. And now I cannot tell them apart. Minerva had one baby chicken to hatch four days ago, and one baby chicken three days ago, and one more baby chicken two days ago. I heard the
say it was a puzzle what was making that hen to have her chickens begin hatching so soon and then no more to hatch until today. Too, I have thinks it is a puzzle. But any way she is going to have fifteen chickens, because that day a little time ago I took one egg each from those hens that was set before she was, so Minerva would have the fifteen children I had already picked out names for.
is a very nice hen and it is so nice she has so many children at once. I so do like to pick out names for children. Now I have thinks there is needs for me to hurry to get those
done for her children, being as they are hatching now. On the day of their christening I will carry them in a little basket to the
. There is needs to carry little chickens in a basket, for they are delicate. Today I did show Minerva the little cap with ruffles on it that I have just made for her to wear to the cathedral at their christening. I made it like
morning-cap with ruffles on it.
||After I did talk some more with
, and she did chuckle some more chuckles, I did make a start to go to the
to have a thank service for the borning of Sanzio Raphael in 1483. As I did go, I went aside to the
. Every time my way goes near to the way that goes to the pig-pen I do go that way. I so go to take a peep at
. She does have such a motherly look with those dear baby pigs about her. How nice it must be to be a mother pig. It must be a big amount of satisfaction, having so many babies at one time.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003