Who Pooped on My Head?

by Kathleen Meyer, April 2013


Last month’s subject of wildlife goo brought to mind my favorite-est of all children’s books, The Story of the Little Mole Who went in Search of Whodunit. Written by Werner Holzwarth and illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch, it first appeared in 1993, and has been enchanting little ones and adults alike ever since. Although it’s labe
led by some as elevated bathroom humor, I prefer to call it “leavings edification,” getting to know your species by their calling cards.

        When, one day, Little Mole peaks out of his burrow, something—something gross—lands atop his head and causes his big smile to vanish. Because he is nearly blind from living most of his life underground, even with his glasses perched on his nose, try as he may, he can’t catch a glimpse of whodunit. Already decked out in his shiny black street shoes, he barrels off, indignant, business-like in determination, to find the culprit: the owner of the business on his head. Making the rounds of all his friends, he confronts each one, demanding, “Did you do this on my head?” But his efforts to solve the mystery go for naught at first. Everyone claims innocence and, by way of offering proof, demonstrates how their species does it differently—quite. In the end, help arrives and Little Mole unravels the puzzle, after which he manages to get his proper revenge, dishing out just desserts.      

        A straightforward and delightful tale with irresistible in-your-face illustrations (nothing hidden, avoided, or metaphoric), this book is more than a children’s story. It’s the perfect primer for grown-up “sensibility adjustments,” ushering adults into a comfort zone on a long sticky subject. It is, after all, the adults—something happens to us—who keep handing down a culture rife with snickers and shame.

        The species in The Story of the Little Mole, however, are all barnyard. Which makes me think there’s opportunity here! Perhaps we should broaden the scope and publish our own vignettes about the various turds of wild animals.

        What’s your merriest remembrance of, or most unhinged experience with, wildlife poo and what it looked like?

 

Spring Has Sprung

by Kathleen Meyer, April—May 2013





                                                       












My guest blog “Be in the Know, Mentor Others . . .” will post May 9th, at 1:15 p.m. EDT (10:15 a.m. Pacific) on Sectionhiker.com, Philip Werner’s Web site. Please visit. And join the fray, by posting a comment.

       Also cruise there, May 6th–May 28th, to read Philip’s other guest authors, and don’t miss the Friday raffles of RailRiders’ adventure-travel apparel. All the while, Philip will be hillwalking a tough route across Scotland, with a goal of raising $5,000 for Heifer International. Just by visiting SectionHiker you will be supporting Philip and me and all the other authors (here’s the amazing list, Springtime Guest Post Series). To help the worthy cause of HI, you can contribute: chickens, a tree, a goat, a water buffalo, a heifer, or an ark!

        For a glimpse of the wild country that Philip’s hiking, visit Heifer Charity Challenge, which is part of a larger event called The Great Outdoor Challenge, sponsored by gear maker Rab and UK’s TGO (The Great Outdoors) Magazine.

             

Happy spring hiking, everyone.

Mentoring . . .

by Kathleen Meyer, June 2013


Let’s have another go at this. It all went by too fast on SectionHiker. (Here, we are an otherwise-occupied bunch, needing more time to visit.) I apologize if it’s a bit fuzzy; it’s a screen shot so as not to mess up Philip’s ratings by typing in the same thing on my blog. And just ignore my spell-checker.

        Because the link to Skip Horner’s Web site doesn’t work within the photo, here it is live: Skip Horner Worldwide.

One of mine was near here, with a 70-mile sweep of the

Bitterroot Range just beyond my toes!

 
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