For quite sometime now, I’ve had my mind on the wonderful world of peafowl. Yes, I blame my incessant mockingbird who is still squawking like a maniac outside my humble abode. (I have aged a good year or two from that blasted bird, but he has had enough screen-time so I am moving on to a new conversation.)
I present you with the glorious peacock.
The case being made against our pompous, feather-frilling fowl was that this bird is completely useless.
Let me clear my throat here and say…it was at that point in the conversation, I knew I had entered into some kind of high court for bird justice system, in which I was the official, high-ruling Supreme Court justice. Quickly I put on my black robes and walked up the high stairs to stand as chief justice in the case being made against the peacock. I heard thus statements:
- You cannot go into a restaurant and order peacock. (This is true…Peacock a la King has yet to make an appearance on the menu.)
- You cannot gather eggs from the peacock for food. (Again…I haven’t had scrambled peacock eggs or used them to dye for the Easter Bunny….eeewwwww!)
- You cannot use the feathers from a peacock to stuff into your pillows or duvet comforters for warmth. (True again…plus that would just be awwwwwkward!)
I must say at this point, things were looking very grim for our green friend. The verdict to be handed down seemed inevitable…USELESS.
But alas, the silver-lining came shining through in this bird’s last minute defense. Let us dive a little deeper. The peacock has found a way around being slaughtered for dinner, a way to hold onto her eggs, and a way to keep her feathers intact.
Useless? No. CLEVER.
Smart and beautiful, even if she is a bit dramatic, this beautiful bird has found a way to keep her head off the chopping block. I think we could all do with a little more peacock drama if it will save our hides once in a while. Coveted by kings and queens for her beauty and brains, the peacock maybe one of the most clever birds around.
Final verdict: FABULOUS!
(I see a future for me in bird justice…National Geographic is calling my name!)