Three French Hens
Two in-state rivalries
And a dork with a split personal-ity
Day two of Gheorghemas did not go all that well for the Tribe faithful. While Big Gheorghe delivered "a pair of revenue sport blood feuds" on Saturday, the Tribe left the field of battle as the bloody one suffering a respectable loss to a top 10 UVA hoops team and a flat out butt whooping' at the hands of the Richmond Spiders footballers. Mrs. Marls & I were at the the Richmond game and only the opportunity to hang out with Matty O and everyone's favorite Richmond lawyer/lacrosse coach made up for the poor performance on the field.
I think Gheorghe felt bad that that his day two gifts were such busts so he decided to go with something more tried and true. In that spirit, the big man broke from tradition and gave us exactly what that other 12 days thing calls for....three french hens.
The above picture came from a google image search for "three french hens". Do yourself a favor and do NOT do a search for "three french cocks" unless you want to see something worse than TR's nasal polyps.
Initially, while I appreciated the thought, I sort of thought that Gheorghe had laid another gifting egg with these Gaulish oven stuffers. I realize France has had a tough time of late and deserves a little love from the big man, but what were we going to do with continental lady foul? Then I remembered that each of the the Twelve Days of Christmas supposedly had had some secret meaning for Renaissance catholics living in England. While Snopes has debunked the myth, I thought Gheorghe might be trying to get at something, so I looked up the story. Sure enough, the three french hens supposedly represented Faith, Hope & Love. Given all that has been going on in this screwed up, broken world of ours I can't help but think that little baby Ghita offered the perfect gifts at a time when we needed it most.
On a side note, Wikipedia reports that french hens are heavy birds with a good sized muff, which should make Clarence happy. The Wikis also report that British cocks are between 9-11 pounds. I'll assume that the ladies for G:TB will be planning their next road trip to London.