Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Think about it . . . .

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pat said...

Justin…a story I read a long time ago…. Pat

A long time ago in a remote valley, there lived a farmer. One day he got tired of the daily routine of running the farm and decided to climb the cliffs that brooded above the valley to see what lay beyond.

He climbed all day until he reached a ledge just below the top of the cliff; there, to his amazement was a nest, full of eggs.

Immediately he knew they were eagle's eggs and, even though he knew it was profoundly un-ecological and almost certainly illegal, he carefully took one and stowed it in his pack; then seeing the sun was low in the sky, he realized it was too late in the day to make the top and slowly began to make his way down the cliff to his farm.

When he got home he put the egg in with the few chickens he kept in the yard. The mother hen was the proudest chicken you ever saw, sitting atop this magnificent egg; and the cockerel couldn't have been prouder.

Sure enough, some weeks later, from the egg emerged a fine, healthy egret. And as is in the gentle nature of chickens, they didn't balk at the stranger in their midst and raised the majestic bird as one of theirown.

So it was that the eagle grew up with its brother and sister chicks. It learned to doall the things chickens do: it clucked andcackled, scratching in the dirt for gritsand worms, flapping its wings furiously,flying just a few feet in the air beforecrashing down to earth in a pile of dust andfeathers.

It believed resolutely and absolutely it was a chicken.

One day, late in its life, the eagle-who-thought-he-was-a-chicken happened to look up at the sky. High overhead,soaring majestically and effortlessly on thethermals with scarcely a single beat of itspowerful golden wings, was an eagle!

"What's that?!", cried the old eagle in awe. "It's magnificent! So much power and grace!It's beautiful!"

"That's an eagle", replied a nearby chicken, "That's the King of the Birds. It's a bird of the air... not for the likes of us. We'reonly chickens, we're birds of the earth".

With that, they all cast their eyes downwards once more and continued digging in the dirt.

And so it was that the eagle lived and died a chicken... because that's all it believed itself to be.

jimm said...

i think i'm not like anyone else.

JustinO'Shea said...

Powerful story, Pat. Thank you!

Gary Kelly said...

Did you hear the story about the farmer who put a chicken egg in an eagle's nest?

JustinO'Shea said...

yes, GARY, posted above. ;-)

Gary Kelly said...

No, JustinO... the one posted above is the one about the farmer placing an eagle egg in a chicken's nest.

JustinO'Shea said...

ooopsss. . . .misread. . in haste. . tsk...tsk...tsk. . .

Tell me. .did the chicken hatched in an eagles nest "grow into an eagle" or become an h'ordeuve. . .lunch for the eaglets? eeewwwww

or. . .does one ask such. . .?