My Life With Gracie…About That Greener Grass

About That Greener Grass

If a little chick ever quivers with excitement, it would have to be when they leave the controlled environment of their brooder and stand on grassy lawn for the first time. It’s as if they suddenly realize, “This is too good to be true. This is the life for me!”

There’s warming sunshine to enjoy and cool, still dewy grass to eat…and bugs everywhere! Suddenly the entire world is vividly alive with color and sound and sensations.

The first time playing outside, they didn’t see the hawks overhead or the snakes at the edge of the woods or the neighborhood stray cats passing through my backyard on the way to their next free meal. My little chicks only saw the grass on the other side of the plastic playpen fencing somehow looking better than what was right in front of them. Then a few spotted the gap in the fencing I had somehow overlooked. It was just big enough to squeeze through, and then they took off!

After chasing them around the yard, I realized those little chicks probably don’t think very far ahead. They see an opportunity. They take advantage of it!

Little chicks have no concept of fear or consequences. They see something they want, and they go after it. They only know they want to explore and taste and see everything for themselves. They have a singular focus and a huge annoyance over anything getting in the way of what they want.

I can be such a baby chick sometimes! And I can get myself into some real situations all because I’m thinking about that greener grass over there!

When we had a really close call with a feral cat, we all started looking at things differently, but that’s another story for another day.

My Life With Gracie gave me a chance to rethink boundaries and fences.

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About That Greener Grass

My Life With Gracie…Your Individuality

Your Individuality

This week’s three posts feature marshmallow candy chicks called “Peeps”. They were one of the items I once stocked at a nearby Navy Commissary with a real friend of mine, Dennis.

There is no doubt in my mind Pearl loves being a chicken. More than that though, Pearl loves whatever part of “chicken-ness” she has been given in extra abundance.

Maybe the key to appreciating individuality, especially our own, is found in looking at what we have in abundance rather than what we are lacking. What if the things that make you an individual are things that most other people have, but you just have a “heaping helping” of them?

When we try to compare ourselves to what is popular all around us, like “mass produced” Peeps marshmallow candy chicks, we will almost always come up lacking. We totally miss how boring exterior sameness can be.

True individuality is something that wells up from the inside, not something that is stuck on the outside.

Chickens have what I call a “group or flock personality, ” but there is also an “individual personality.” I think maybe their “group or flock personality” helps keep them together for safety and protection. Their “individual personality” is what gives them an extra edge into their Chicken Daddy’s heart!

After extensive consultation with both Pearl and Gracie, my best advice for today is simply to embrace whatever is in you so abundantly it makes you so joyful you think you might just explode…even if it makes you look a little different or even goofy!

My Life With Gracie (and Pearl especially) showed me the value of being an individual.

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Your Individuality

Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Each Friday when possible, I’d like to post a photo of Gracie or one of my other chickens…maybe all them! This is so everyone can have a better idea of the inspirations behind the cartoons posted here. (Yes, Gracie is a real chicken, not just a cartoon chicken!)

Hold onto your heart! This week’s photo is of Rudy before she was even a week old. You can see her first real wing feathers developing. The colors and patterns are really nice too. All of the chicks seem to be even happier and more excited (if that’s possible!) when their wing feathers start coming in and developing. It’s like they can’t wait to try them out!

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