Bessie can be such a strong advocate for fairness and social causes. I began to get a glimpse of this when we were discussing eggs some time ago. She inspires me with her ability to ask difficult questions in search of fairness, even with things most of us might consider inconsequential.
“What’s that flat wooden thing?” Bessie wanted to know. “Can you eat it?” It smelled of food.
“It’s a popsicle stick. It holds ice cream or other cold treats so people can eat them.”
“Do chickens get popsicles and ice cream?”
“Because no one has invented them for chickens yet.”
“Is that all? That seems like a very flimsy reason.”
“Well, people lick popsicles. Chickens don’t really lick anything. They peck.”
“That makes no sense. You don’t pop them. You lick them. Why do you call them POPsicles when you don’t pop them? Why don’t you call them LICKsicles?”
There really wasn’t much I could say. It certainly sounded logical to me.
“I will invent a PECKsicle. It will be just for chickens since people don’t peck.”
And that was the beginning of PECKsicles.
What would she use? How would it look? Would I dare to give it a taste? I had to admire her inventive spirit and the power of the three simple words “I will invent!”
My life with Gracie (and especially Bessie) showed me inventing is a very wonderful kind of giving, especially for those who feel left out.
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