Omelettes Or Cupcakes?

It was early morning. The ground was spongy from all of the rain the day before. It was perfect for finding earthworms close to the surface and for transplanting green growing things into new garden beds.

“So how did people like our book?” asked Gracie.

This surprised me because I had thought her mind would be focused on hunting for earthworms.

“Everyone who has read it has liked it a tremendous amount.”

“Then why do you look sort of sad?” she asked.

“Because the world needs more goodness in it than I think we will ever be able to give it. Now without Blanche, we are just five chickens and one old man. We can’t lay enough eggs or write enough books for the amount of goodness the world needs.”

Bessie had been listening in and got that serious look of hers. It’s the look she always gets when she has something very important to say. She hopped up onto my shoes. This is also what she does when she has something very important to say.

“So how many eggs in an omelet?” asked Bessie.

“Three.”

“And how many people will eat that omelet?”

“Usually one.”

“That’s a lot of chicken work to make one person happy,” she said. Gracie nodded with serious agreement.

There wasn’t much of anything I could say. Bessie and Gracie were right, but I didn’t understand what they were trying to tell me.

“So how many eggs in cupcakes?” asked Bessie.

“Three,” I said.

Also three,” she said, almost as if she was correcting me. Obviously the “also” was important. “And how many cupcakes will those three eggs make?”

“Twenty-four.”

“That’s a lot better. More people will be happy for the same amount of chicken work.”

“You’re right, Bessie. And your fresh eggs make the best cupcakes.”

“So I guess it’s pretty obvious what you need to do now,” said Gracie.

“Well, no. Not really.” I started to feel like they were tag-team wrestling me into a logical conclusion. I just had no idea what it was. “Maybe you can help me to understand a little better?”

“It’s really simple chicken math,” explained Bessie. “With three eggs, we chickens are going to do the same amount of work whether those eggs get turned in to one omelette for one person or twenty four cupcakes for twenty-four people.”

“It’s more up to the person who gets the eggs as to what they do with them,” added Gracie. “They can make an omelette for just themselves or twenty four cupcakes for themselves and the people they know.”

“So it’s like there are ‘Omelette People’ and ‘Cupcake People’ in the world,” I suggested, still trying to grasp what seemed elementary to them. “But you can’t choose who gets your eggs. You can only choose to make the best eggs possible?”

“Exactly!” they clucked.

“That’s a different way of looking at things.”

“It’s the chicken way of looking at things,” they said together.

“If you are a writer, you make your best writings. If you are a drawer, you make your best drawings. Then you hope what you do will go to someone who will do the most good with it.

“Some people will make omelettes with it for only themselves. Some people will make cupcakes with it for their family and friends. You can only do what you can do. The rest is up to them.”

I tilted my head and looked at them while I thought this over. Then I realized I was doing exactly what they do when they are thinking over things I’ve explained to them. How amusing!

“So you think of your eggs as creative contributions to make the world a better place?”

“Yes. But the rest is up to people and what they do with what we have made for them.”

They stood looking up at me with all of the innocence of two just-hatched chicks and all of the wisdom of two well-aged hens.

“You know, I can’t imagine any two chickens more special than the two of you. Let’s go make some cupcakes…after we hunt for worms!”

My Life With Gracie made me hope more cupcakes than omelettes would come from our creative work.

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“Seasons Of Friendship”

You can learn a lot from a chicken, especially when it’s a chicken like Gracie!

Timid and shy, Gracie stayed mostly to herself and away from the other young chicks. Without her best friend, Bessie, she may never have survived those difficult first weeks.

The stories in this collection take place over a single year and tell how a group of chickens became a family of friends. Scattered throughout are bits of “chicken wisdom.” Some are easy to spot, and others may need some scratching and pecking to find.

Journey through “Seasons Of Friendship” with Gracie and her friends and see how her transformation “from least to leader” unfolds in their beautiful garden home.

Based on my real experiences with raising my own backyard chickens, this book will hopefully have you saying, “I wish I had a friend like Gracie.”

Four Parts, Twelve Chapters, Seventeen Illustrations, Humor Collections and Anthologies, Adult Fiction, Children’s Fiction, eBook, $2.50

“Seasons Of Friendship” is now available as an eBook through Barnes & Noble!

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After discussing this with Gracie and Bessie, we have decided to give any and all royalties from “Seasons Of Friendship” until the end of the year to the women’s group at St. John’s Church that sponsors our annual Flower Festival which will be from April 26th through 28th. This year, the Flower Festival follows their Hatchday, April 25th. Each chapter in “Seasons Of Friendship” is illustrated with garden plants as a celebration of beauty and friendship. What a perfect combination of events!

The “A.W.E.-some” women of St. John’s always give and they always give their very best. They love everyone no matter what, and I’ve never known them to turn anyone away who needed help. They always have a smile and a kind word, particularly for those who are the most vulnerable and have no voice. These are just some of the reasons why Gracie and Bessie call them their friends!

My Life With Gracie taught me there is never a season when we don’t need friendship.