It’s been a bit rainy and the waves have been less than amazing…which unfortunately happens even in a place so consistent as here. Of course in the absence of pumping surf we tend to spend time imbibing,spinning yarns and talking story, if you will. It was during one of these sessions, talking story and imbibing, that I was reminded of a rather interesting anecdote conveyed to during a similar jawing session years ago. The yarn was spun by a guest who happened to be a Virginia State Circuit Court Judge…to remain anonymous. He was a quiet man in general and not as old as you typically imagine judges to be. He was not prone to boasting and bragging, but in this case, when pressed to entertain us with some of his more memorable cases, he revealed a gem.
So as the story goes, this judge had a case come across his bench in which a poor country boy had been arrested for ‘diddling’ his sister. In the face of judging this heinous crime, this judge opened the boy’s file to get some background and as he read through the various transgressions and prior arrests over the years, one incident lept out as particularly interesting. It seems that some years earlier the poor country boy had been arrested for ‘engaging in non-consenual sexual acts’ with the family pet, a miniature donkey by the name of Marshmallow. A heinous act even if it were consensual, but to force himself upon poor Marshmallow is just inconceivable to most of us. Of course there were other arrests and records tracing the boy’s passage from one home and institution to another. The trail eventually leading him back to home with his grandparents, where his sister lived, where, in the absence of Marshmallow, he looked to take comfort from his sister. We don’t need to get into the sordid details, we just need to hope that Marshmallow is in a better place and has found some coping tools. The boy I believe remains safely locked up in a Virginia State Prison, if our friend, the judge, did his job.