A case in point is the statement I made earlier about our babysitter who wore her hair in braids across the top of her head in a fashion like Petunia Pig. I cooked a pot of pinto beans yesterday and thought it a good time to tell the tale of the pinto beans and the frog, which includes mention of said babysitter. Yet when I looked for an image of Petunia Pig, I find she did not have braids across the top of her head in any fashion nor did she even have pigtails. In every image I find, she merely has dog-ears, which do not involve plaited hair at all. It is probably just as well since every image I found is copyrighted and Lord knows I do not want to make trouble with Warner Brothers.
Nevertheless, we did have a babysitter who wore her hair in braids across the top of her head in a fashion all of her own. She stayed with us during that summer I broke my leg, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and breaking up fights between me and my younger brother. Although she did not live in, she was a nanny before they were fashionable.
We lived in a house adjacent to a small field inhabited by all manner of varmints. It was not unusual to see tarantulas, terrapins, snakes, spiders, and an occasional skunk or opossum. We even had a little green tree frog that adopted us, ribbiting away day and night on our kitchen window sill. (Now don't get ahead of me.)
Click here to listen to a tree frog trill
Our babysitter would slowly cook pinto beans all day long in order to have supper ready when Mama got home. Since she and my Grandma both believed that beans taste better if you keep them simmering all day, they kept a teakettle of boiling water ready to refill the bean pot as it boiled dry. It was late afternoon when Mama arrived home, drove the sitter back to her home, and got supper on the table. As she ladled up the thick and soupy pinto beans, she noticed something plopped into the serving dish. Thinking it a piece of bacon or maybe pork fat for seasoning, she began to dish the beans onto our plates. I cannot remember who noticed the pork looked suspiciously like a small boiled frog but I am sure glad it was before anyone took a bite. R.I.P. little green tree frog.
|This must have been how he looked as he was sliding|
off into the bean pot