It’s raining in central Texas, and we are happy. The chickens are not. That is my unqualified opinion, as I ponder the photo to the right, taken by my colleague Chris Bennett. These are two of his and Asha’s chickens, residents of their north Austin backyard. There are others, but I imagine these two were elected to approach the house window and assess the situation. Is it rainy inside? Are there hostiles inside? Is that program on the flatscreen something we’d be interested in? Are any of our bretheren on the dinner table?
I can imagine these two thinking any and all of those things. The one on the right seems to be doing the thinking, if thinking is possible for a chicken sporting an Ace Ventura hairstyle. The one on the left seems either to be waiting for a summary from her taller friend or giving that “this is futile!” look. Either way, it seems that, as much as these chickens are surely grateful for all the benefits of moisture returning to the Texas Hill Country, they are not happy with being caught in a downpour while the beneficiaries of their egg-laying are lounging inside in their perfect people habitat. Chris texted me some hilarious captions for his chicken photos. They got me thinking about classic quotes that might go with the photo. Here are a few.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Charles Dickens
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell
Power is not a means, it is an end. George Orwell
And a couple from the excellent movie, Chicken Run.
We’ll either die free chickens or we die trying. Ginger
Now, the most important thing is, we have to work as a team, which means: you do everything I tell you. Rocky
I encourage you to think up some of your own, and enjoy the laugh. Leave them in a comment here, if you like, for all to enjoy.