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Swallow the Tail

Oct 08, 2019 - Elizabeth Hibbard

My mother used an idiom often when I was growing up that her mother had used often; it had been passed down from her grandmother in turn, a Scottish immigrant in the early 19th century.

 

If you swallowed the cow, don’t choke on the tail. 

 

It was a mantra, one that I came to associate with a certain flavor of unspoken female masochism.

 

There’s pride in the ability to suffer through something without any outward betrayal of pain. 

 

When asked if hungry, always answer no, regardless of the ache in the stomach. 

 

This is goodness. 

 

Can I dig the goodness out, separate the fascia from the soft tissue, wet with white blood cells under the fingernails, and look at it? 

 

Does hunger take a shape?