Hope is the Thing With Feathers ... and Scissor Beak

| 4/7/2015 8:23:00 AM

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all ..."
~Emily Dickinson

Jill ClinganLast night I asked Jack to tell me again how he chose Fluffy when we were buying chicks at the farm store a few weeks ago. We had planned on buying 10 chicks that day (we ended up coming home with 18 …), but all he had eyes for was the brooder where what looked like hundreds of tiny Easter Egger chicks were hopping around. Last year he had especially fallen in love with an Easter Egger he named Fluffy. She was very fluffy and funny and quirky and was quickly a family favorite, but she had died in the fall. He wanted a new Fluffy.


Fluffy, Jack and Chewie

He stood quietly beside the brooder, carefully studying all the hopping little balls of fluff. Then he said to me, “I want that one.” I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to be easy picking out and scooping up the exact ball of fluff that Jack had his eyes on, but I was determined to try. I kept pointing and asking.

“That one?”
“This one?”

Finally I asked for a little more detail. He replied, “I want that little one over there that all of the other chicks keep knocking over.”

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