Bankhead Adventures

23 October 2007

Farm Chores Round Three

On Saturday we went to a birthday party that included a bouncy house and a small petting zoo in the front yard. Most of the kids enjoyed feeding and chasing the 4 chickens, 3 ducks, 2 miniature goats, and 2 rabbits. Not James. He downright refused to enter the pen. Eventually Amy convinced the boy to pet a bunny through the fence, but that's as close as he would get. Maybe he was afraid that a rabbit or a goat would steal the apple he was munching on. Or maybe his dad's fervent anti-pet tirades have instilled a fear of all animals in him. Whatever the case, we're still miles from bravery, let alone that farm-boy work ethic we want him to learn.



  • Paul, maybe you should hold off on the Monty Python movies every night before bed. He probably thinks that rabbit is a killer with huge bloody fangs. He is only being prudent.

    By Anonymous Johnny Russ, at 9:16 PM  

  • I think he just has a lot of good sense. You never know when one of those cute bunnies might turn on you and attack. Better to stay on the outside of the fence.

    By Blogger Hammy, at 9:21 PM  

  • You guys are into these farm should just take the plunge and buy a couple thousand acres.
    That'll teach little James to work hard!

    By Blogger Amy, at 6:01 AM  

  • Dead animals are less scary. Try bringing home a few road kill squirrels, an otter, a possum, and if you're lucky a young buck.

    You can fill his play room with these soft, still friends as he acclimates his tender thoughts towards really loving animals.

    As for the chores, it should be easy. Get a few hundred venus fly traps for the inevitable flies. James can water them.

    This will also help him to understand that plants are actually scarier than animals. Good idea, huh!

    By Blogger Catherine M., at 7:32 AM  

  • aww, poor little James. I think he's realized that a new baby is coming and as a result is despising all things dependent, small, and vulnerable.

    By Blogger Amy, at 2:13 PM  

  • I have really begun to think that Paul has gone crazy and silently killed Amy, but continues posting blogs as her to keep everyone unawares. That could be the only explaination for why I haven't seen a picture of her in so long. So who did I talk to on the phone the other day? Creepy.....

    just kidding. but please take some pictures of Amy for my own viewing pleasure.

    By Anonymous Sica, at 5:31 PM  

  • I will have you know that today James was all smiles and songs in nursery, so evidently your determination to continue to expose him to animals big and small MUST be having an impact encouraging him to face his fears.

    By Blogger Amy, at 9:43 PM  

  • Buying a ranch might be a good idea, Amy, but I have strict instructions that should my husband ever propose such an idea I should clang him over the head with our cast iron wok. Turns out that 3 generations of Bankhead men have given up perfectly good careers only to lose their fortunes in the ranching business.

    Catherine: fascinating suggestions. Love your train of thought, but I can spot a few loopholes.

    Sica, how did you find me out? I thought that posting as Amy would give me at least 2 months to collect the life insurance and flee the country.

    By Blogger Amy, at 10:31 PM  

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