Life Lessons Learned from My Chickens

| 10/14/2011 9:55:51 AM

 By Cam Mather

There was a great movie made in 1979 with Shirley MacLaine and Peter Sellers called “Being There.” It’s about a simple gardener who has never left the estate where he has worked his whole life, until his employer dies. Through a number of weird coincidences he manages to ingratiate himself to powerful people, who mistake him for a profoundly brilliant sage, even though he has the mental capacity of child. At one point he has a conversation with the President of the United States, which goes like this;

President "Bobby": Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?

Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

His utterances become legendary and he is quoted far and wide.

It was a brilliant concept - funny and terrifying. I, of course, took great offence with a gardener being depicted as a very simple person… okay, I didn’t.

Extrapolating from this concept of simple creatures sometimes having great wisdom to impart, I have been watching and learning a lot from our chickens. As Michelle and I have become more comfortable with them spending more time outside of the confines of their wire enclosure, we’re getting a much better sense of their personalities.

I am hoping this blog will be posted by others, will become an internet sensation, will go viral, and in a few short weeks I will be a key advisor to both Canadian Prime Minister Harper and President Obama. When the call comes, I will be ready and willing to impart my “chickenisms” to any one in high places.

Dan Foley
1/5/2012 10:44:35 PM

I don't raise chickens yet, but it's happening soon for sure. Love those bugeaters! I had a German shepherd who loved to eat grasshoppers for some reason, and any hornet that came in bite range of her was history. An unexpected bonus from a great watchdog & companion!- Dan

Nan Billing
1/5/2012 2:06:37 PM

I just recently got a rooster from a friend and then acquired a bantam rooster and hen and then an Aracunus (sp?) hen. I can totally relate with this article. I love watching my chickens and they can definately teach you about life. I look forward to going out to their coop and getting eggs than I do my paycheck on Fridays!

Deanna Church
1/4/2012 11:56:52 PM

I love your chickenisms. And your pretty hens.

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