Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Mountain is so lonely...

Let me just say this right now- at the end of this story, he said to me: "There you go, using that common sense again."

Our eldest daughter, Kat, went to Phoenix with her boyfriend last week. She had fun, of course, and took lots of photos. I was showing DG the photos Kat took on her trip from her Facebook. I pointed to a photo of a mountain she took from the plane and said, "Doesn't that look like a volcano?"

Here's the photo-

DG agreed it looked like a volcano. Then he said, "Oh, he's lonely. Lookit that little lonely mountain all by hisself. Nobody loves him."

I pointed to the mountains nearby and said, "There's other mountains. He's got plenty of friends."

DG: "No. He's all alone. Look at him. He's all by himself. He ain't got nobody!" Then he sang, "He ain't got no... body!"

This went on for a few more minutes. "Go to that picture. See, those mountains are all hanging out, they're probably talking about that lonely mountain. He's all by himself. Nobody loves him and he's lonely. He's so lonesome he can cry!"

Me: "Is that what an avalanche is? The mountain crying?"

DG: "I don't know, but he's sad."

Me: "It looks like there's a farm right there. He's got a farm for a neighbor. He's not lonely."

DG: "That bastard! He flattened the friend. He ain't got no friend no more."

Me: "Farms don't flatten mountains."

DG: "They could."

Me: "With what? A bulldozer?"

DG: "Yeah."

Me: "Bulldozers don't flatten entire mountains."

DG: "He needs a boulder. If he had a boulder or two, he'd have friends."

Me: "I would think that a boulder to a mountain would be like a pebble to us."

DG: "No, that's how mountain gets started. A boulder here, a boulder there, and then you have a mountain."

Me: "That's not how mountains are made. They're made by earthquakes, Earth's plates shifting..." and I demonstrated with my hands how two plates on the earth shift and crunch up (my fingers).

DG: "There you go, using that common sense again."

Then we had a long discussion about two songs: "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams and "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton. And according to the Disabled Guy, the mountain in that photo is "Mr. Lonely".

**Edited to add**

DG just asked Kat: "What do you think? You think that mountain's all by himself?"

Kat laughed but didn't answer (she's eating and I taught her well, not to talk with her mouth full).

DG said: "Did you see the picture? Did you? *pause* Oh, well of course you've seen the damn picture. You took the picture." *pause again* "Didja get the mountains to smile?"


Helen said...

I'm with Jerry... that mountain needs a Boulder to cry on! *badoom tish*

Mary Cartledgehayes said...

I agree with DG. That's a totally lonely mountain. And that farm -- the other mountains are paying it to spy on the lonely mountain. At least, that's what it looks like to me. I'm just sayin.'