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A Quiet Day in the Country (and pee)

The quiet country lane where our dear friends now live.  If you could only smell the spring flowers and hear the bees buzzing about the hedge... Ah, Heaven.

The quiet country lane where our dear friends now live. If you could only smell the spring flowers and hear the bees buzzing about the hedge… Ah, Heaven. Oh and there is a cow close by that puts on quite a show if you time it right.  *wink

 

(on the drive home from the countryside)

Me: (deep satisfied sign) Conçesão’s house is my dream house. I am so happy for her.

Pai: A country house is not my dream, personally, but I am also very happy for her.

Hank: What is your dream house, papa?

Pai: An apartment in Lisbon, in the right neighborhood, in an older building, but one that has a reliable elevator for your mother.

Me: That also doesn’t sound bad.

Pai: And when your mother sells her novel to Hollywood and she makes her millions then we can also buy a country house in the North for her to write.

Me: On a quiet country lane with bees buzzing and…

Molly: Vaca faz xixi! Vaca faz xixi, mãe!  MÃE!  (The cow peed!  The cow peed, mom! MOM!)

Me: She did indeed, didn’t she!  My lands!

Molly: Que Nojo (disgusting)!

Hank: (doubled over laughing)

Me: That will be ingrained in her memory forever.

Hank: I have never seen anything like that. That cow peed for like 20 minutes.

Pai: Cows are large animals.

Me: You most certainly have seen magnificent peeing in the past but you may not remember our trip to the Lisbon Zoo where a rhinoceros decided to also relieve his bladder right in front of us.

Hank: I remember none of this.

Me: It was like a fire hose of urine. Positively majestic.

Molly: VACA FAZ XIXI!!! FAZ XXXIIIXXXIIII! MAMA! (THE COW PEEEEEEED! PEEEEEEED! MAMA!)

Me: I hear you, little one. There were bees buzzing and birds chirping and you pet a horse and saw sheep and chickens and ducks and dogs and ran amuck with big boys, but all you will remember from this day is that cow pissing because…

Hank: Portugal.

Pai: ONLY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE! In Lisbon there are only pissing rhinoceros.

Me: They should market that.

Pai: Don’t be mean to Lisbon.

Me: Hipster paradise.