I told the story of "Grandmother Spider" (found in Choctaw, Cherokee and Kiowa traditions) in her honor on Saturday night, and it inspired my grandfather to tell a story!! His telling was so priceless, I just have to pass it on. Not that I can do him justice, but here goes:
***WARNING*** The following story is rated PG-13***
"Once upon a time all the dogs of the world had a conference. At the doors of the conference room, there were many pegs on which people could hang their coats. The dogs didn't have coats, so they hung their @ssholes on the pegs, and then went in. While they were having their conference, there was a fire. In the panic and confusion, all the dogs ran out of the conference room and grabbed whatever @sshole they could find. And that's why, to this day, whenever dogs meet each other, they sniff each others' @ssholes, trying to find their original one."
Watching my grandfather tell a story - and tell it, moreover, with joy and enthusiasm - was a truly moving experience for me, so much so that I could almost forgive him for his inappropriate choice of language in front of my daughter. At 88, he's earned the right to do or say almost anything. I just hope his great granddaughter doesn't pick this one for Sharing Time at school someday...........
"Guess what my great grampa told me!"