Saturday, August 25, 2007

a late summer afternoon's dream

There is a house not too far from us that has a large cage out front containing 3 peacocks. I have yet to figure out why someone keeps peacocks in a cage in their front yard, but every time MQ and I drive past it we look to see what the peacocks are doing. Usually they are doing nothing, but occasionally we see one or more with their feathers all spread out. But because this is so rare, I've taken to guessing what the peacocks are doing. Things like handstands or building a house. MQ thinks this is hysterical, and protests that they can't do these things without hands.

One day I insisted that the peacocks would be dancing when we passed by. MQ laughed and said "nooooo........." I told her "Just you wait, they'll be dancing. I know it." When we passed they were, predictably, sleeping. "They weren't dancing, they were sleeping!" MQ announced triumphantly. "Ahhhh...." I said, "but they were dreaming about dancing."

"They weren't dreaming!"

"How can you tell?"

"There weren't clouds over their heads. When you dream, there are little clouds over your head."
Apparently peacocks actually DO dance, which I learned while I was searching for these pictures. I think it's what they do when they open their feathers and shake them for the pretty ladies. If only my husband danced as well.

22 comments:

slouching mom said...

I love love love how literal kids are.

That is great.

alejna said...

Very funny. (And so cute!) I love the image you made to go along with it.

Blog Antagonist said...

Peacock's in a cage? That's sort of sad. But your daughtesr comment made me laugh.

Joy, of course said...

Well Duh maypole! There were no clouds over their heads. So, so funny.

And I too am bewildered by the whole peacocks in a cage thing.

blooming desertpea said...

What?? Your husband doesn't dance? - Just kidding! Well, I'm sure he danced when he met you, right? I mean, figuratively speaking ... oh, I'd better head off before I talk more ****! lol

niobe said...

Funny, I was just wondering the other day about at what age and by what means children were able to internalize and understand visual conventions like speech being depicted in a cartoon balloon and thoughts in a cloud. Obviously MQ is already there, but I wonder how she learned that.

Magpie said...

I love that.

How big is the cage? Peacocks can be a noisy nuisance.

Bon said...

the May Queen is hilarious. i wish she were also right, as i'd love to see what everyone's dreaming about.

you - and your lust for your hubby to shake his tailfeathers - are also quite a giggle.

Sober Briquette said...

too funny. I love the idea of guessing what they're up to. You're so fun.

nomotherearth said...

Ha, ha! I have these kinds of conversations with the Boy. It amuses me and him.

I still can't get over that someone near you has pet peacocks though. How unusual.

Jen M. said...

Gack! That's too cute. We have neighbors w/ peacocks, too. They are VERY loud.

PunditMom said...

Oh, so THAT's how I know! :O

thailandchani said...

LOL!! I love it! Gee, this is already more than I ever knew about peacocks.



Peace,

~Chani
http://thailandgal.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Peacocks?!!

I love the game you and MQ have -- what fun!

Furrow said...

Domesticated peacocks often escape, breed, and turn feral. Pretty cool to see them out in the countryside, living on their own, though I've heard they can be pretty noisy and occasionally vicious.

It is sad to think of them in cages.

Emily said...

Peacocks in a cage, that seems contradictory to their purpose on earth. I know that a lot of horse farms keep them as pets as they make excellent "guard dogs," But the ones that I have seen are allowed to roam free.

Julie Pippert said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHA clouds over heads...I love it!

peacocks? In a cage? In the lawn?

Julie
Ravin' Picture Maven

Christine said...

hahahahaha! now you should make paper bubbles and have her draw her dream from the night before on it. then hang them around the bed!

Emily said...

That was such an offbeat conversation. I am so glad you posted it because it sends me off to bed with a smile.

Oh, The Joys said...

I saw one dance once in India. It was so cool. Truly.

NotSoSage said...

Fascinating. Great photoshopping skillz.

ewe are here said...

heh heh

Oh, and peacocks can be reallly realllly loud, too!