Topic: "Indoor Toilets Rule" (4)
For every out-building that ever existed there is a story about a big, ole snake. Frodo thought about that while wandering amidst the gardens of the Shire with Fiona and Mick, the Wonder Dog. Both of his accomplices use the great outdoors, as one might expect, whenever there is a need to create space for the next set of digestibles. The timing is generally a reflection of a normal day, however the Shire has been deluged with four consecutive days of late afternoon and/or evening thunderstorms. Yesterday, according to Frodo's rain gauge, three inches of rain fell and one might expect therefore, that trips for this purpose are based on availability and duress. Comfort is something which is set aside when the Hammer of Thor resounds from Valhalla.
Fiona has the very curious habit of digging a small bed under an evergreen abutting Frodo's house, and remaining there through even the most obsequious of downpours. Frodo and Sam speculate that she has assumed the role of protector against that which is outside, from coming inside during inclement weather. Then again, she may simply enjoy Nature's show. Mick, the Wonder Dog, is napping within inches of whatever room contains he who is known as Frodo.
Between storms, Frodo follows along as both canines search for an appropriate location to follow Natures' call. There is definitely both a selection and a discovery process involoved. It is as if the two were Presidential Candidates looking for, and considering a Vice Presidential selectee. Certainly the parallel fits in the case of Dick Cheney. The effect being, of course, that Frodo has to be very careful to keep from stepping in it for some days after the event. Again, Dick Cheney comes to mind.
Frodo has never seen more than a garter snake anywhere in the vicinity of the gardens, and is therefore not terribly concerned about the safety of his friends when they are most vulnerable. They seem however to want Frodo close, although privacy while in a crouch is seemingly expected.
Frodo always wanted his father to be standing outside that little building next to the home of his grandfather, just to make sure that no big, ole snake decided to pay an unwelcome visit. Frodo is sure that included times when it was pouring down rain.
Funny how we forget about the simplest of tasks, which just happened to have been the most important. Thanks, Pop.