I had no idea so many people who read my blog were into donkeys. I found out just how many people had their own or knew donkeys who belonged to friends and neighbors.
Theresa sent me this picture of her donkeys with my potholders joining them. It’s a fine collection. I have to say Jon and I have a few donkeys, other than Fanny and Lulu ourselves. They are planters, sit on the windowsill and hang from our doorknobs.
When a friend told me that her friend follows a couple of donkeys on Instagram and would love to meet Fanny and Lulu I had another clue that donkeys were popular. Then they showed up in Jen Beagin’s book Big Swiss.
And wasn’t I surprised when she wrote about them in the same way I feel about Fanny and Lulu.
Big Swiss is smart funny and irreverent. I loved every minute of it. It takes place in the town of Hudson NY, which in the book (and in reality) is being gentrified by wealthy people from New York City.
So, I reasoned, if donkeys are showing up in this book and on Instagram and the movies (EO, the donkey movie that looks too sad for me and Jon to want to see) they must be a “thing”.
And how didn’t I not know about this? I guess I was just too busy loving and taking care of Fanny and Lulu to see that we were a part of something bigger.
It’s nice to see that these animals that have very often been abused by humans are finally finding a kind place among people. I just hope it’s not just a faze because donkeys can live to be 40 years old.