Conversations with Dashiell ranged from “egg”istentialist discussions with the chickens about whether they or the eggs came first to inane babblings with the ever-silly geese. Cows came to him worried about giving fat-free milk, for light mocha lattes. A typical conversation might transpire like this one which was overheard one evening between Dashiell and the farm’s infamous Billy goat.
“Mr. Ha-a-a-ammett,” queried Billy, “why a-a-a-am I so unpopular with the sheep?”
“How do you know that they don’t like you?” responded Dashiell.
“Well, they’re always sitting around in circles knitting sweaters and when I come along and start to play, they get all ma-a-a-ad and leave.”
“And just what games do you play, Billy?”
“I just see how high I can butt their a-a-a-angora into the air.”