Skulls at the Historic Muserum in Stockholm (source: Flickr/Pieter Cornelisson, licensed by Creative Commons CC BY 2.0)
Mary and I watch a lot of “true crime” shows on The Justice Network and Escape, mostly at times when there’s nothing good on the other stations that we can get over the air. A lot of the programs were originally shown on TruTV or on A&E, so we’ve seen most of them already, but we don’t mind seeing them again. When we can’t agree on what to watch, we usually end up on one of those channels.
One of the shows we’ve seen a lot of is Forensic Files, which always starts with the police being called because someone has turned up dead. One of my favorite episodes is the one where two boys are walking along a river bed and find a skull, and bring it home to their parents. I think I like it because I can just hear the conversation with my mother if one of us came home with a skull…
We’d come in and find Mom on the phone with one of her sisters. “Mom, look! We found a skull!”
“Just a minute, Jill (or whoever she’s on the phone with).” She’d set the phone down. “You found a what?”
“A skull. See?” We’d hold it up for her to see.
“Oh, for God’s sake! where did you find that?”
“Down by the river…”
“Well, put it back! Go on!” And, as we were walking out, we’d hear her say, “God… They found a skull. Can you believe it? Yes! A skull. Down by the river. I told them to put it back…”
Nothing fazed my mother.
Today’s Just Jot It January prompt, “skulls,” comes to us from Dean Kealy at Dean’z Doodles. Linda Hill hosts this blogfest every January, or at least this one; find pingbacks to other participants at her blog.