I had to look this word up when I saw it on Illustration Friday this week. It’s a super difficult word that basically says “moo”. In other words, a word that’s the same as it sounds. Geez some people make life unnecessarily hard.
I’m actually very good at mooing. I went to a farm with a boyfriend once and while he and his buddy showed off their knowledge of tractors they got the thing stuck in the mud. Then they got another tractor to pull out the first and got the second tractor stuck in the mud. All the cows surrounded them and I spent a long time sitting on the fence perfecting my mooing while the two guys pondered gravity, suction, and mud.
Cows have very little to say. It all boils down to “moo” (hungry), “mooo” full udder, or “moooo” really hungry. At least that’s all I’ve figured out from it. I spent a bit of another afternoon learning goose too. I think it’s safe to say that I mastered it, or at least “honnnk” (I’m no threat and have nothing better to do than be a part of your gaggle for a while).
When I was young, I laid under the trees and watched the crows. They’re far more interesting than cows and geese. The crows were peacefully eating whatever they were eating on the ground, with a juvenile in the tree watching out for the family, when I decided to “CAW!” and the crows scattered. Cool. I have power over birds.
I let them scold me for a while before they returned to their usual stuff, this time with an adult male as lookout. Just when he was looking comfortable again, “CAW!” and they scattered again. Awesome cool. I giggled and waited for my next opportunity. The male crow was getting annoyed with me and gave me the evil eye. “CAW!” and he “CAW”ed back at me. That’s okay, and I “CAW”ed back and forth until I got his voice. Papa Crow seemed to enjoy giving me lessons after a while.
Next time I went to their area, I “CAW”ed at Papa Crow and he gave me a “CAW” back. I went about my serious business of being a child and he went about being a crow. We developed an understanding. He taught me more crow words, though admittedly most of them are a variation of “CAW”. The other crows helped with my linguistics studies. They all went with me to the bus stop when school started again. I left them berries and shiny things as peace offerings.
This family of crows moved south in winter. I figured I’d have to reintegrate into their group when they came back in spring, but Papa Crow called to me the first day he was back in Ohio. I was overjoyed and told him so. He told me as much as he could about his travels, given that while I might understand a lot of crow, I don’t get the finer details. I do know that he had a lot to say that first day, and felt rather urgently about telling me about it. We understood the main point, we missed each other.
My crows told the other crows downstream that I should be watched over. I don’t know how they did it, and I didn’t talk with the downstream crows, but all of them were my babysitters. They warned me of dangers. I can never be lonely in summer as long as there are crows.
This is old art. Once it was finished I recognized that must be a really giant cow or a really short farmer.