Lebanon Reporter

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November 27, 2013

Zeus the headless Trojan turkey

I sat on the couch, making my Thanksgiving grocery list, while hubby and our 7-year-old daughter lay on their bellies and colored pictures, in front of the fireplace. My ears perked up when I heard daughter ask, “Wouldn’t it be weird if you could live without a head?”

One never knows what’s taking place in the mind of a child. I smiled as I heard hubby say, “Have you ever heard of…”

I thought to myself, “What a cozy memory he is about to make, sitting in front of the fire, sharing the story of the Headless Horseman.”

But one never knows what’s taking place in the mind of a man. Instead he asked, “Have you ever heard of Mike the Headless Chicken?”

She laughed out loud and exclaimed, “A chicken without a head?”

Hubby continued, “A farmer was going to butcher a chicken for dinner, but when he cut the head off, he missed the jugular vein and brain stem, so the chicken didn’t die. For almost two years they kept him alive by dropping food down his throat with an eye dropper.”

Later, as we left the Thanksgiving service at our little country church, and walked into the crisp, cool night, hubby paused to look at the stars shining brightly in the sky.

I listened as he pointed out the various constellations and shared their stories with our daughter. First he told her of the Greek Mythological hunter Orion, and the constellation of Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters.

“Orion, the son of the sea god Poseidon, was a very tall and handsome man. He was an extremely strong hunter, and had an unbreakable bronze club. Orion fell in love with seven beautiful sisters. Their names were: Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope. You can only see six of them though, because when the city of Troy was destroyed, Electra began to cry, and turned her face away. Do you know about the city of Troy?”

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