Thursday, June 24, 2010

Naming Flannery's Peafowl - A Success Story!

A few months ago, I submitted name suggestions for the new peafowl at Andalusia Farm, home of Flannery O'Connor, the writer I study. If you've never read any O'Connor, get on that right now! You probably had to read the short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in high school or something. It's an amazing story and probably her most famous. But all of her work is wonderful. It's dark and weird and usually ends with an act of violence that brings about revelation. Completely amazing.

So after my trip to Andalusia in January, I suggested they name the new peafowl from characters is the O'Connor short story "Good Country People." I suggested the peacock be named Manley Pointer, and the peahens (there are 2) be named Joy and Hulga. (There is a character in the story whose name is Joy but she prefers to be called Hulga. Don't you want to read this right now?)

And my name suggestions won! They merged Joy Hulga to one peahen and they named the peacock Manley Pointer. The other peahen is named Mary Grace, which is fine, but I really think it would have been better if all 3 peafowl names had come from the same short story. But okay. I'm just so stoked (yeah, I said stoked) that my suggestions made it!

I have to give some props to my friend Candace from grad school who, when I was trying to decide about my nomination, reaffirmed by Joy Hulga suggestion.

Check out the info here and check out all the cool stuff about Andalusia. Also, if you're able, please consider making a donation to the Andalusia Foundation. It's an amazing thing they do and they work really hard to keep O'Connor's former home in great condition. Be sure to visit if you get the chance!

Here's the link:

Andalusia Farm  -
The peafowl have been named! 

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