We have new tenants in our downstairs suite. A lovely twenty-something couple with good jobs and great references. They love to garden (bonus as they want to take care of the yard), they are quiet and seem just like regular folk.
So imagine my surprise when the day after they moved in, I looked out my bedroom window to the backyard (now their private space) and saw what could only be described as some kind of totemic display - at least that's what it looked like to me.
In the middle of this group of objects was a cow skull (or goat skull, we couldn't really decide), surrounded by various carefully placed rocks and several wood carvings with a vaguely fetal design.
It was the oddest thing I'd ever seen in someone's yard...much less my own. Kind of creepy and what I could only describe as "southern gothic".
So everyone at my house had a look (being careful not to be seen leering into what is now our tenant's own space) and we all agreed that yes, it was weird and kind of disturbing.
I wish I had taken a picture because when I looked out the window an hour later, our tenant was carefully wrapping each piece and placing it in a box ...and then it was all over. A half hour later he was power sawing a log and we thought he was making a totem pole (I tell you, it was a strange day).
But the totem poles turned out to be lovely benches to display his bonsai collection (really...you can't make this stuff up) and the skull has not appeared again. Although I will be keeping a eye out at the next full moon.
So all I can say is, we all have stuff. Some of it weird.