Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nanny Ogg-the fun one of the bunch & I want to be just like her

 I want to be happy & fun like Nanny(Gytha) Ogg, who is the "mother" of the MMC witches in Terry Pratchett's Discworld.. I am moving there as soon as I can find it on the map. Nanny Ogg is round, a smoker & drinker, is sex-obsessed, wears striped stockings & red boots. She knows ALL the verses to the Hedgehog Song, not just the chorus:

The spines on his back are too sharp for a man
They'll give you a pain in the worst place they can
The result I think you'll find will appall:
The hedgehog can never be buggered at all! 

She has many great reasons to be very happy, she makes her own Scumble. Scumble is made from apples, well mainly apples. It melts spoons & must be drunk by the thimbleful. Nanny's daughter-in-laws, their numbers are legion, clean her house. Daily. Nanny is a very good witch & is Granny Weatherwax's best friend. Nanny Ogg can play her banjo while she rides her broom. She plays a mean hand of "Cripple Mister Onion," she is a betting woman & she wins most of the time. (You can buy your own deck here, at The Fat Pack Playing Card Company.) I have one.

Everyone loves Nanny Ogg. She is happy, honest a lot of the time, has a ton of kids & grandkids who also love her & she sometimes wears one of those kitchen aprons that look like a Merry Widow bustier. She is the subject of the Mona Ogg, both I and II(smiling, well grinning really. Maybe a leer..) She also knows all the words to, A Wizard's Staff has a Knob on the End. Another venerable pub song in Discworld.

O, the wizard's staff had a knob on the end.
It does! It does!
O, the wizard's staff has a knob on the end.
It does!
O, the wizard's staff has a knob on the end
And the wizard's staff is the wizard's friend.
It is! It is!
 Really, the very best thing about Nanny is that she is what she is & makes no apologies. She is a witch. She loves men, has had a number of husbands & is quite risque. She drinks, smokes & sings dopey pub songs-even though she has a VERY bad singing voice and she is F-U-N!
 Well, I can now recognize the theme in my October posts: Just be yourself. All the characters/witches I have written about are fictional & different as night & day & I love & admire them all. They are the women I want to be like, in all their guises. Well, dang. Maybe I will just be me.



Chaotic_Dreamer said...

My husband and I have a few maps of the Discworld but sadly not how to get there. We both love all of Terry Pratchett's DW series. My favorites are the ones that feature Granny Weatherwax but I am fond of Nanny Ogg too.

Yes, be strong, be proud, and most of all be you.

Many Blessings

Mother's Moon's Message said...

such aspiration to be so many things... I love it....

luna petunia said...

I know.I am frequently peering through the window at the puppies. I think I am a work in progress, forever evolving & probably DE-volving, too, at times! hahaha

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

I love googling shit for my own blog and stumbling upon other blogs to follow.

"Three marriages and an adventurous girlhood had left Nanny Ogg with thighs strong enough to crack a coconut."

I also was singing the first verse of The Hedgehog Song today to my friend. On the street. People heard me.

Mya said...

Big fan of Nanny Ogg, here! :D
Amazing post. Think that "being you" is a pretty nice choice, Miss.


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