My Inventive Miss Bessie

Every Good Thing

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?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“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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My Life With Gracie…Filled With Hope

Filled With Hope

Well, here we are on the eve of a new year, a year filled with opportunities of which we may not even yet be aware!

Who would have imagined in 2018 we would have been dancing ballet, baking cookies, performing in a standup comedy routine, or finding all of you who are our new friends all over the world?!?

I wonder if it’s possible to accomplish more without any resolutions for each new year, just a resolution for each new day. What do you think?

My chickens look at each day as a new day. When they walk down their ladder in the morning, they study everything carefully. It is like they expect things to have somehow changed overnight while they slept. Their hearts are always filled with hope. They look for the familiar, and then they look for the new…like what’s in their fresh breakfast salad!

Each day has its own resolution. Each day has its own special challenges and rewards. Each day is a gift.

Thank you for reading, and may your heart be filled with hope for each new day in this new year!

Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Amelia, Emily, and John

Filled With Hope