The rooster crows outside my kitchen door. Not once, but several times. Wait a minute! It’s 7:30 in the morning. He’s supposed to be up the hill in the shed converted into a chicken coop. What happened?
You forgot to lock the trap door, Michael J. Forgot to close it. Or simply forgot to round-up the four feathered critters and herd them into their warm wooden environment. That could mean they spent the night outdoors.
No. Not even the Sombitch Rooster would be that dumb with the trap door open. They spent the night indoors with the side door hoisted open slightly, and came out at the light of day. Yeah, that’s it. Must have seen me when I opened the screen door of the kitchen below to let out the cat, Sundance. No wonder the cat froze in her tracks this morning. Refused to set foot outside. It was either the furloughed fowl friends or the frozen chill. The temperature was a balmy 24 degrees. I know — warm compared to a place like Iceland. But, below normal for this part of the Middle Atlantic States here in Conshohocken, PA of the USA.
But I call it frigid. I knew ice boxes that were warmer inside. (Actually, they were before my time, the so-called “ice boxes,” but I do remember “ice trucks,” those that delivered ice to homes in my old neighborhood of Brewerytown. Fell off the back of one while requisitioning a chunk for myself, and ended up unconscious and in a hospital. But, that’s another story).
The rooster has been quite cordial of late. Yesterday, was the first time he has not tried to attack me in days. Yeah, if I’m not on time with the meal, or try to feed another animal before feeding him, “Sombitch” comes after me. Had to use a trash can lid to protect myself a couple of days ago.
And, he jumped over the lid and hit me upside the head.
That’s when I kicked him. Not a “hard” kick, even though I really wanted to. It was a what I called a “push” kick. I pushed so far he sailed six to eight feet backwards and almost four feet high, landing in a mound of snow. I felt sorry for him immediately after sending him into flight, but, boy, did it look funny. Cartoonish, in a way.
Wouldn’t you know it. He “jump flew” out of the snow and came right back at me. I had to close and “bolt” the door to the shed to ward off his latest attack. Earlier, he had knocked food out of my hand and it spilled onto the straw-covered wooden floor of his home. I picked up as much as I could, scooped some back into the bowl, and learned that it might be wiser to let him out before stepping into his “den” to feed “his” hens and his offspring.
“Sombitch” is such an appropriate name.
“Accommodating” is what I would have called him on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Didn’t want to be late with a morning appointment I had with the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia, so I braved entering the shed with the rooster inside. Got nary a peep out of him inside the chicken coop. Even when I turned my back and leaned over to feed the rabbit in his separate hutch. The rooster showed patience. He let his “spurs” chill out when he had the opportunity to do damage.
I should have known something good was happening in my life right then and there. There were no rooster attacks. I escaped feeding the animals without getting chicken poop on my hands, jacket or pants. No delay caused by a rambunctious cock. I got into a “flow” and discovered that the rooster-friendly relationship I discovered this special morning was a gift, some “mana” from heaven” a sign that I was to walk unheeded, and carry out exactly what was needed on such a miraculous path that was opening for me this day.
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