Starting life on a farm, I enjoyed the years of living just outside my hometown of 427 people. Most of the residents, their ancestors, and their descendants had lived in this area since 1820s.
When my own small family moved to Ireland in 1985, our adventures took us through small villages with their own populations, much like those of my hometown, only theirs dated back to 15th century, or further.
These villages and my own hometown had many similarities, including a church, store, farmers market, and pub (no pub at my old town).
Another striking similarity was the presence of locals who were referred to as the “village idiots”. My parents explained this was not an insult, but was the only way to describe this part of the populations.
But, after watching this episode of “Monty Python”, I learned how this came to be.
From YouTube, where Monty Python jewels reside
This relieves my mind, as I couldn't force myself to see people that way. My parents probably were not aware of this hidden training program.
P. S. I love Monty Python episodes, their unique sense of humor, and satire on the English society. I found this video, and decided to write around it. Hope no one is offended--that is certainly not my desire or intention.
This is a re-post, dated Oct. 23, 2015.