Having raised three boys in the hills of Chino, I learned early on to check pockets before putting their pants in the washer, and to exclaim with pride when they showed me their latest catch(es). As I remember, they even had a place they called Lizard Valley where the hunting was best. You don't want to know what else they'd bring home. A mother of sons knows never to show fear.
Yes, the pig is still dressed in a Santa suit and that is a bag of unclaimed Christmas presents on the floor. Late for one year, early for the next. Like Celeste, I never give up hope.