Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TALU Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Anne at Life on the Funny Farm co-hosts a link-up with I am not Superwoman, Sugar in my Grits, and Wrinkled Mommy.  You would never know that I participate in this link-up, because I don't have to write anything new to participate.


I don't have to do anything but link up an old post and sit back while people flock to my site.

Today, I'm linking up one I had completely forgotten about.  It's from way back.  Way before anyone, including my dad, read this here blog.  Thought you might enjoy it.  A blast from the past.  January 26, 2012 to be exact.


  I was happy to hear that the nine year old was reading one of my favorite books in school.

So when he was looking up vocabulary words for homework, I didn't think twice.

Until he came to me and said he couldn't find a word.

Which word?


I made him show me the word, 'cause it couldn't possibly be a word in the book, let alone a word he needed to look up for homework.

He showed me. Pages 103-110 or so was all about how Old Yeller helped corral the hogs in order to clip their ears and castrate them.

Funny how one forgets such things in the decades since one read one's favorite book.

I immediately started having flashbacks to the horribly hilarious essay the ten year old wrote for the same teacher when he had her last year. We needed to avoid similar embarrassment.

So, I looked the word up in Webster. It says, "to render impotent or deprive of vitality". Funny, but clearly not helpful.

So I stalled.

Now, you may be wondering, "You live on a farm, and you raise pigs. How do your children not know that word?"

Simple. We're not real farmers. We get our pigs when they are 40 pounds and well healed from their own castrations.

I explained to him that our pigs are castrated before they come to us. That it is done to protect the taste of the meat. Blah, blah, blah.

Then I just blurted it out.

"They cut off its balls."

I can't believe the words came out of my mouth. I hate that expression. But when my boys say, "I got kicked in the...." that's what they say. I don't know where they learned it. I just know I needed to say something that he would understand clearly.

And did he ever.

His eyes bugged out, there was a long pause, and he said, "How am I supposed to write that?"

I suggested male body parts.

I don't know what he ended up writing.

I'm just grateful that this teacher doesn't require what many other teachers in the school do. Those students have to draw pictures to go with the vocabulary words.
I'm off to read some posts at the link-up before the kids wake up.
Have a lovely day!


  1. HAhahahahah yeah we've had to explain circumcision to our kids because of Bible Class when they had to circumcise the men after leaving Egypt. I had the fortunate? experience to be asked by both the big boys and when O was in that class, she asked Keith at bedtime when he went up to pray with her. He came down stairs laughing and told me what she asked. He was shocked I was relieved, I'd done it twice already!
    One year at the teacher planning / get to know everyone beginning of the year meeting they were sharing the weirdest job they ever had... My mom shared "casterating pigs" to which the entire room turned to look at her with their mouths wide open. Not only is she the best English teacher EVER she is also handy with the clippers... hahahah I am sure she can teach you if you want to know?!?!

    1. I will respectfully turn that invite down. Hubby went to Purdue, which has a huge agriculture department, and his roommate was quite skilled at the pig castration. I'll take my pigs already healed, thank you.

  2. That's about as awkward as unpacking the commandment about "adultery."

    1. That is a prickly commandment to explain. At least it can be danced around a bit, not coming straight out with the whole kit and kaboodle. I have no idea how to dance around castration.

  3. Lol! Now in my head I'm trying to imagine what he would have drawn!

    1. I almost made him draw it, just so I could see what he'd do. :) THAT would have been funny.

  4. HAHAHAHA- do I happen to know this teacher? ;) Wow. And the leaf post after this is really funny as well. I thought the same thing.

    1. It is not the teacher you know the best :) Glad I'm not the only one whose brain went there!

  5. LOL! So glad my kids are in college!


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