This is one of the most popular metaphors in the English language. It’s used to express that something bad will pass, but it’ll be over soon.
This too shall pass is a phrase that means something will eventually change for the better. It’s often used to describe how life goes on and we all have to deal with problems.
Lee Pitts is a columnist for The and Paso Robles Press who can be reached at [email protected]
Not only do we have pet names for our pets these days, but we have them for almost everything. Popcorn the dog and Speedbump the cat are two animals I’ve met (because all he did all day was lay around.) I had a hairdresser called Curly who was as bald as a cue ball, a buddy named Flip Flop who always wore sandals, and I knew a rancher named Picasso who only had one eye. I’m not sure what the name of his second eye is. Because of how bad the visitors drive there, I nicknamed the town near the ranch (Morro Bay) Moron Bay.
My wife’s name is Diane, and it’s one of the most beautiful names in the English language, yet I call her “Di.” I’m sure there will be those who believe I’m a mass killer if I cry out for her in public. She has nicknames for me that I won’t say here. Because I always kept my hair short, my high school basketball and cross country friends nicknamed me Fuzzy, and believe me, I was relieved to leave that moniker behind when I went to college. Baxter Black refers to me as O Bing because he believes I write like O Henry, and Bing refers to the pit of a cherry. At least, that’s where I believe he got his moniker, although who knows how Baxter’s mind works.
Did you know that the Sheriff of Johnson County during the Civil War was called Red Angus? That was 16 years before the breed was brought to the United States.
We spent a year in Australia, and I like their tradition of naming their homes. It was customary to see a handcrafted sign with the house’s name. As a result, we gave our 35-year-old home the moniker BlueView. We purchased an old GM vehicle in Australia that we called “Whitey,” which was essentially a box with an engine in it. Try to figure out what color it was. It wasn’t very inventive, and we should have named it Boomerang since it constantly returning to the dealer to be repaired.
We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero
Ranchers have a penchant for naming things. They give their ranch, pastures, corrals, and almost every geographical feature a name. Although we don’t name every cow on the farm, we do enjoy identifying the ones who wriggle their way into our hearts or our dread. Paint was our favorite cow, and Root Canal, a bull, was the one that irritated us the most by wrecking every squeeze chute, loading ramp, and fence on his own. Because there was already a Lady on the grounds when we arrived, I called our renowned wonder horse Gentleman.
As the following anecdote shows, we don’t name things; they name themselves.
I’ve written hundreds of feature articles on ranches throughout the country, and I’ve personally visited the majority of them. When I wrote about a Simmental breeder in Texas 40 years ago, it was one of my most memorable trips. In his vehicle, he kept a file box with a card for each cow, complete with a picture. That would be simple nowadays with mobile phones, but can you image doing it with hundreds of cows and a Kodak Instamatic®?
I was admiring his lovely ring on his finger as we toured his fields. It had a gold Masonic sign on a black backdrop bordered by two massive diamonds. Since his grandpa gave it to him, he claimed it had only come off his finger once.
“How long ago was that?” I inquired.
“I ran out of plastic arm coverings while artificially inseminating a few cows. So I covered my arm in Saran Wrap® and put on one of Harbor Freight’s inexpensive plastic gloves. The plastic glove and my ring, however, were left behind as my arm emerged inside the cow. So we placed the cow in a tiny enclosure and waited for the ring to appear in her dung every day. When my wife discovered something glittering in an old cow chip a year later, we believed we’d lost it forever. We discovered the ring after some careful digging, and we’ve nicknamed that cow Lucy In The Pie With Diamonds ever since.”
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