Thursday, December 29, 2005

Dad's Katupak

My father gave this rock to my mother before I was born. He found it on his farm on Saipan when he was ten years old and gave it to her while she was still in college (I think). I've carried it around in my pocket for the last few days.

The inscription reads:

Ramon G Villagomez
Saipan
1949
Virgo
This rock is carved by my
ancestors & used as a
sling stone to kill animals
and people. It is called
Katupak
found at my father's
farm when I was ten years
old. This rock permits you
to enter any premise of my family
RGV

They make these for the tourists these days, but somehow I have a feeling that this one is real. I don't think they were making them in the seventies.

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