Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World

Life is full of mistakes. Every time you turn around there is some kind of mistake. Just yesterday I stood next to Betsy at the feeder. That was a mistake.

Years ago there was a mistake made in the Boxcar Betty family. That's because there is a rule of thumb. If you are in the Belle family and you are very special, you are supposed to get a Belle name. Hannah Belle, Cora Belle, Belle Pepper, Million Belles (that's me). But when Betty was born she tumbled out like a little pair of dice, just a black-and-white ball flashing polka dots across the straw, and the farmer said "Boxcars!"

That name stuck and she became Boxcar Betty.

She should have had a Belle name. But she didn't. So that meant none of her kids had Belle names. Because it was a rule of thumb. Duchess should have had a Belle name. And so should Iota.

And when Iota had her kids, they weren't eligible for Belle names, and they didn't seem particularly to need them because they looked like squirrels. So the girl was named Cloud 9 (Cloudy) and that seemed ok for a few weeks. But then she began to grow into herself, shaking off her baby funk. And she began to develop a certain type of personality that has been seen before here, a personality that reminds everyone of a certain someone. And she did not look anything like a squirrel any more, or if she did, she was the most beautiful squirrel in the world.

Luckily our farmer is weak-minded, and hadn't gotten around to sending any papers in, and yesterday the farmer said, hmm, I think you might need a new name.

And so here it is years later and what do you know. The mistake of Betty's name has been fixed. So you see all those mistakes you made don't have to be set in stone. They are only mistakes in your mind. Change your mind and you can fix them.

There's a new Belle in town.

Iota's Daughter


Ozarks Goat Girl said...

Look out fellow goats, look out goat farmer--Hannah Belle's influence carries on! Better put a stronger lock on the grain room door.

Marigold said...

Peanut Belle would have just sounded stupid.

Anonymous said...

I just love Clara Belle, that is a very good name.

Ozarks Goat Girl said...

Things I am grateful for:
1. To be reminded once again that mistakes need not be set in stone.
2. That squirrely-looking goats, like ugly ducklings and bad times in our lives, can blossom into things of beauty when we least expect it.
3. That the farmer's weak-mindedness is occasionally a plus.
4. That there is a new Belle in town. This world cannot have too many Belles.

Claire MW said...

Clara Belle! Excellent! Personally, we here think that Claire-a-Belle might have been a better spelling, but we are willing to overlook this little error.
*Claire and the goat gang*