reality bites

19 Sep

They’ve been making mud drums at school. And yesterday, the mud drums came home.

‘So what’s this?’ I asked, pointing to the top. I was just curious. I didn’t mean to start some earnest lesson.

‘It’s goat peel,’ he said.

‘Oh,’ I said. He must have noticed my flinch which was also kind of a laugh, because that’s a bit funny goat peel.

‘It’s all right,’ he said. ‘The goats were dead.’ Small silence. ‘They didn’t kill them.’ Small silence. ‘Just for this.’ Small silence. ‘Did they?’


8 Responses to “reality bites”

  1. Laura September 19, 2007 at 11:58 am #

    Why do you think he used the word ‘peel’?

  2. ThirdCat September 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    Just mixed up skin and peel – like orange skin, orange peel.

  3. Laura September 19, 2007 at 4:02 pm #

    I never noticed before now that skin & peel both work for plants but animals only have skin (except sunburnt ones, I guess)

  4. shula September 19, 2007 at 7:35 pm #

    I just love this.

  5. fifi September 19, 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    that’s a lot funny, goat peel.

    (say it a couple of times out loud)

  6. Helen September 20, 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    Tanned leather does have little dots on it, kinda like orange peel.

  7. Mummy Crit September 21, 2007 at 8:31 pm #

    I’m in awe of the concept of ‘goat peel’….but why mud drums?

  8. Stomper Girl September 25, 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    I just loved this too.

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