An ox after all
“If you lie down like that, you’re gonna become an ox for
sure”, my nanny so cautioned me again after the meal. I was three
or four years old then, and I had a habit of lying down on the
tatami mat soon after the meal, flipping through a children’s
picture book or two. My nanny was raised in a strict samurai
family, thus knew all the refined manners. I guess that was what
my parents thought and asked her to look after me.
With its swaying tail,
As I got older, I learned that I had been born in the year
of the ox, and became interested in my disposition, comparing
with that of the ox. I learned also that the ox is a ruminant,
which explains the constant munching. I came to like the dairy
products, and longed for the treat of sukiyaki meal with juicy
beef. The ox seems slow in motion and maybe in head as well.
However, as in bullfighting, the animal makes quick but wise,
and challenging moves. I made the similar move when I met a wife-to-be
girl, though I am still unsure if I was as wise as the ox.
The year of oxen -