My Life With Gracie…About “Going Bananas”

About "Going Bananas"

It was totally my fault. I take full responsibility. I should have never left the paint cans out where a chicken could get to them. But I did. I should have never left them uncovered. But I did.

I came home from the grocery store with a big bag of carrots and apples and lettuce for the chickens and found that Pearl had been getting ready for her big debut. She had found the open cans and decided she would paint her toenails for her comedy show.

Fortunately I caught her before she decided that matching “beak-stick” would be the perfect compliment.

She looked at me as if to say, “Am I not the most beautiful chicken you’ve ever seen?” and walked away. That is my Pearl.

During her show tonight, I have been demoted temporarily from Chicken Daddy to Stagehand and Snack-bar Attendant. But I don’t mind. In some ways, I might consider it a promotion because Pearl is trusting me to keep everything running smoothly for her big night. It’s just what you do, I guess, when you have backyard chickens.

After her show tonight, I will tuck everyone in for the night and then draw and write what I remember of her jokes and comedy routine. I’d like to share it in both Chicken and English since some of you may have chickens who might enjoy a chuckle or “cluckle.”

Interesting fact. The name “Pearl” and the phrase “Going Bananas” sound almost identical in Chicken. Only the vowel sounds are slightly different.

“BWÅWK-UH” and “BWÄWK-ÜH”

How all of this written Chicken language came about is another story for another day. It did involve a great deal of patience and understanding, as all worthwhile communication endeavors usually do.

In the meantime, you might be interested to know most proper names for hens will use the vowel letter “Å” which is called “the letter with the egg on top.” Most words for food will use the vowel letter “Ü” which is called “the letter with the happy farmer.” (Apparently there is a Chicken proverb which says something like “a farmer is happiest when feeding his chickens” and the letter looks like a smiling face.)

My Life With Gracie (and especially Pearl) showed me it’s fine to “go bananas” with goofy silliness every now and then.

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About "Going Bananas"

Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Hold onto your hearts! And maybe your funny bones too! This week’s photo features Pearl in the center on a backyard outing with Blanche (just barely visible to the back), Gracie (to the left), and Bessie (to the right). Or is that Bessie (to the left) and Bessie (to the right)? It’s hard tell them apart when you can’t see the combs on top of their heads. (Bessie’s comb became slightly misshapen and floppy after she defended everyone from a predator.)

I thought this might be a good one to share because this week’s posts have all been focused on Pearl and her dream of being a standup comedian. This photo was taken last fall, and I think it gives you a good idea of how beautifully white she and Blanche appear in the sunlight as I wrote about recently.

Don’t you think there’s a bit of celebrity status in the way she is strutting for the camera while everyone else is hunting for insects?!?

Before closing, I want to thank all of my regular readers for continuing to follow along with these simple chicken cartoons and stories. I hope you will enjoy Pearl’s opening night posts which I have planned for next week in “Pearl’s Comedy Coop”…if all goes well!

Thanks again!

You can read more about all of my chickens on this page.

I will do my best to post each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

My Life With Gracie…About “Winging It”

About "Winging It"

With the stage backdrop almost completed, Gracie and I decided we needed to let Pearl know she should prepare some standup comedy material for her opening night.

She was quite thrilled, and we were thrilled for her. The only suggestion she had, and it was a very good one, was to add a spotlight. Since this was scheduled for Saturday evening, everyone would be able to see better. How could Gracie and I have overlooked such an important detail?

Then I suggested we all put our heads together to decide on the comedy content of the show. You know, what jokes to tell…that sort of thing. Pearl just looked at us with a blank stare as if to say, “What do you mean? So I have to decide what jokes to tell ahead of time?”

It did no good to tell her it was what all the professionals do. She was determined to just “wing it” with whatever came to her mind, though she didn’t rule out using props.

Gracie seemed to accept this more easily than I did. Perhaps that’s just the way chickens do most things, by “winging it.” They have to trust their instincts.

In a way, this sort of makes sense. After all, chickens don’t use pencil and paper. Pearl would definitely have a hard time keeping her jokes organized if they were written down on index card.


So there is a great admiration in my heart for Pearl and her desire to just go wherever her talent and imagination take her. She has a rare trust in the gifts she was given to share with others.

My Life With Gracie taught me sometimes you simply have to “wing it” and believe in yourself and the gifts you’ve been given.

I will do my best to post each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

About "Winging It"