Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Caption/Calendar Winner!

I got a whole bunch of giggles, chuckles and wide smiles out of all your captions for the picture of little Chickie Mama and her dad taken about 37 years ago. Thanks much to all of you for taking the time to comment with a caption.

Chicken Mama and I thought any of your captions would have been good but we were in agreement that Jenyfer Matthews had the one that rose to the top.

"Sure I'll help you cut a switch . . . What's a switch?"

Congratulations, Jen. You'll have to let me know what's the best way to get the Chicken Mama Designs 2011 Calendar to you way over there in Cairo, Egypt!

The picture was taken the summer we moved up to our property here in Minnesota. We had arrived a day or two earlier on one of our numerous moving trips, and I was in the house trailer with the little one unloading boxes and trying to find places to put all the stuff.

When I tore my attention from the task at hand, I noticed our daughter taking off her pants. I asked why she was doing that and she said she had to go to the bathroom.

Our "bathroom" was a biffy (outhouse) we had constructed back in Illinois and hauled up here in sections after we first purchased the property seven years previously. When considering a location for the biffy, hubby insisted on nestling it (down what I considered a long path) in the woods hidden from the house. So our then two-year old had to have an escort on trips to the "bathroom."

I didn't want to stop what I was doing so I called to Papa Pea who was working outside, asking if he would take his daughter to the biffy. I truly don't remember what he was doing but it must have been trimming brush or making kindling or some such thing because of the hand ax he was carrying.

So this shot is of them, hand in hand, heading off toward the biffy.

The pup in the foreground of the picture is our first dog, Gussie, who made all the trips with us when we moved. She was ten then and lived to be twelve.

My mom liked this picture so much that she had it enlarged to a framed 5" x 7" and had it on an end table in their Illinois home for many years. And it now appears on the little square for Father's Day on Chicken Mama Designs 2011 Calender.


The Apple Pie Gal said...

Yeah for Jenyfer! You will love it!

What a sweet storey! Thank you for sharing! I hope she doesn't still strip down when she's gotta go... :)

Sue said...

What a great story! And congrats to the winner!!!!

Mama Pea said...

APG - Yeah, that's a problem we've never been able to break her of . . . very embarrassing when out in public! ;o)

Sue - Thanks, Sue!

Amy said...

Being in the process of potty training a two year old, I truly appreciated that story and am feeling very grateful that we need only go down the hall and not through the woods to find our potty.

Erin said...

Love the story! How great that moment was caught on film! Congrats Jenyfer, that's a good one!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the caption! Just perfect!

Lorie said...

A worth winner. Just too cute.

Mama Pea said...

Thanks for all your kind words, Everyone!

Amy - Welcome and thanks for the comment. Luckily, our daughter was potty trained by that summer!

You Can Call Me Jane said...

Such a sweet, sweet picture. I just love it.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Yeah for me! I'll get back to you with details on how to get it to me. I am actually in desperate need of a calendar.

I kind of assumed that it was an outhouse situation but that hatchet was what inspired the caption :)

Leigh said...

LOL, excellent caption! Good story behind the photo too, Mama Pea.

Dirt Lover said...

Love the caption! Glad I'm not potty training anymore. Lucky you, though, potty trained at 2!! Smart kid. Ours are boys, which tend to be later. Much later. But, yippy for me, it was in the summer, with both of them!! They wanted to go outside and pee on a tree.

Mama Pea said...

Glad so many of your agreed with our choice of winning caption. And thanks for saying you liked the silly little story that went with the picture. Pictures sure do bring back memories, don't they?

Amy Dingmann said...

Her comment was *so* the funniest!! Congrats!!!