Thursday, February 19, 2009

jill and jane, buster and jim

I'm going to start doing some small fun watercolors of mule pairs. Mules, in case you don't know, are the children of mixed parents-- one horse and one donkey. This means they have a weird number of chromosomes, making it nearly impossible for them to have babies. I say nearly because sometimes they do, and when they do their farmers write blog entries about the pregnancy with a passion equal to the church pageant rendition of the Immaculate Conception. When mules are paired for draught they're usually paired with their own gender, and they get named the most adorable couple names ever-- like Ben Black and Buster Brown. So then they live on a farm with their same-sex partner, eating and working-- it's a like a rural Boston marriage.

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