Look, you wait ‘til they get to be twenty years-old and the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they’re about fifteen or sixteen and they’ll pick your ducks.
And it appears he practiced what he now preaches. Also: could Sarah Palin please tell me what “picking your ducks” means? Her role model didn’t explain. Update from a reader:
I grew up in the rural north, not Louisiana, but here’s my take. A woman who will pick your ducks means just that; she will pluck the ducks you’ve shot. I did a fair amount of duck hunting with my dad. Plucking the ducks is a messy, smelly job involving boiling water and melted paraffin. My mother wouldn’t do it. I didn’t know any wives/mothers who would. My mother’s attitude was, “You shot ’em, you clean ’em”. Only a woman wholly subservient to her husband would clean his ducks without complaint, the kind you could keep barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.
When we would travel to Manitoba to some remote hunting camp, there was usually a native woman, dirt poor and uneducated, who for a few bucks would clean ducks for any hunter who didn’t want to do it himself. That’s the only kind of woman I know you’d clean your ducks for you – and even her you’d have to pay.