"Not that Chicken Salad" | "City Girl Moves to the Country" | A Series of Tales [3]

By Nana B.

"Living in the country has proven to be both enlightening and challenging all at the same time. For one thing, every time I go to the Feed Store they see me coming and put something live in a little plastic pool and I buy it. I have always been an animal lover and now I can have all I want. One day I surprised my husband by coming home with a Bantam Rooster, he was black and white with a red beard and I was so excited because black and white is my husband's favorite color. Needless to say, hubby wasn’t nearly as excited as I was.

Anyway, we had about 30 chickens and a chicken coop and sometimes when cracking eggs I would find a baby chick, so then I caught on to why my husband wasn’t excited about roosters. We already had an Easter chick that we had named Blondie and she grew up to be a rooster! He was a mean rooster and used to spur the children when they got off the bus to walk up the hill to the house. No one liked him. However, one day I was washing dishes and looking out the window when I saw Blondie taking out after our 3 year old son. so I ran out with the broom and swung at him til he ran away. I grabbed my son and flew into the house. I immediately called my husband and told him he had to come home and do something about that mean rooster.

That evening for dinner we had chicken salad but no one would eat it. I said why not? You all love chicken salad. The answer was, “Not that chicken salad, that’s Blondie." So I threw it in the garbage.

One other short tale about the chickens. One day the door got left open to the chicken coop and they were running all over the yard. I couldn’t get them rounded up so I called my neighbor down the road a piece and being another city girl and President of the school board...She came to my rescue. We were both running around flopping our arms and saying here chickie chick, but nothing would work. So I called my hubby, I was near hysteria at that time, but he said very calmly and slowly, “Nana, just wait til the sun goes down and they will go in to roost then you can shut the door.”

Now see how exhilarating living in the country can be and think of all the calories we just burned!"

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