When I was a little kid, I loved cows. I spent ever waking moment I could out at my grandparents' cattle farm and just couldn't get enough bovine! In fact, from 1996 - 1997 my friend Pam and I created our own cow themed holiday called "Happy Cow Day" in which we celebrated cows by giving each other cow themed presents on the 25th of each month. Although my cow obsession has decreased substantially since the late 90's, they still hold a special spot in my heart and not surprisingly, my mom still thinks of me and Happy Cow Day whenever she sees cow related things. On her last visit to the island she brought me an adorable plush cow (well, bull) keychain and Fraser suggested we hang him up in the car. Take a peek:
Mr. Bull remained nameless for a few weeks until one day Fraser and I were out for a drive. The conversation went as follows:
Out of nowhere Fraser excitingly asked me: "Do you know what a great name for a bowl would be?"
Me: "A bowl? Are we naming our dishes now? What will our cups be called?"
Fraser: "No, no, not bowl - bull!"
Me: "Bowl? Fraser - I don't get it"
(this went on for much too long and for the record Fraser's pronunciation of "bowl" and "bull" sound close to identical)
Eventually - Fraser: "No, like a male cow - a bull!"
Me: "Oooohhh...what would a good name be?"
Me: "That is a pretty great name - but 'Bowl-regard' would be pretty awesome too!"
(and then I laughed manically for a good minute or so...)
Yup, our lives are pretty silly. Oh, and just in case you need further convincing, one night when Fraser and I were chatting in bed he mentioned how Beauregard was becoming one of the highlights of his day. He's always hanging out happily swaying from the rear view mirror and we come up with little scenarios for his secret life where he's a brilliant astrophysicist/brain surgeon that lives on a fancy estate in the country (with special gourmet grass meals and everything). We both giggled about how great our little stuffed bull is and then decided that instead of thinking of our Beauregard fantasies as "sort of sad and totally crazy" that they can be describes as "endearing, quirky, and (above all) highly entertaining!"Oh dear. And then I wrote a huge rambling blog post about it...