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Life is our classroom.
At the risk of offending myself I must say all things happen for a reason. You know things like you don’t put the lid on the salsa right so the next time you reach for it holding it by the lid it spills.You run a red light in front of a cop because he was making you nervous you get a ticket.You don’t return library books on time you get a library fine.You walk you trip.You run you stumble.You climb you fall. A fish spends all night out of water on the dresser and it lives for three days.Wait- what was that last one?! Something about Zombie fish?Anyway, life is a series of predictable events when viewed through the rear view mirror of 20/20 hindsight.
So let’s do some leaping.We read Charlotte’s Web 2 years ago to Beach, 4 yrs ago to Fisher, 10 yrs ago to Conner, and (holy cow) 16 yrs ago to Alexis.I clearly did not see it as a dangerous text but had I known about Gimper I might have skipped reading it to the youngest.
Born with the rest of the chickens right away clearly something was not right. Man down!!!! The trouble is his/her legs, kind-a twisty.
Insert Pa played by Colby the skunk killer insert Fern played by Beach.I didn’t really hear the whole deal go down but the end result was Beach is Gimper’s mother: win or lose.
And it is the funniest thing to hear Beach complain about the chores of motherhood.
“Oh that took forever to get her down.I had to read three stories.” AND “I’ve done everything for her and she is peeping for no reason, just ignore her.”
AND whisper, “Can you watch her for me for a second?”
“Sure.” Peep. Peep. Peep. Peep.
*huge sigh* “Never mind.”
“What did you need me to watch her for?”
So all things happen for a reason, this chick is messed up because of a basic error in the recipe.Beach is Gimper’s mom because she is who she is and life makes sense until you look past the tenderness of a child caring for a suffering bird and wonder what in the hell is going on?!
You pick a dried up fish off the dresser.Put him in a cup of water because that is where fish go- in water & the damn thing swims around, lives for three days & drops dead. Still didn’t see that one coming and I am the idiot who put the fish in the glass just in case.
I will let you know how Gimper & his/her mother are doing but don’t expect a happy ending. Rather keep in mind that all things happen for a reason, terrific or not.