So today seemed to be a fairly ordinary day until I left my house.
Then things got a little weird. I couldn’t explain them at first, but I think I’ve finally hit upon the reason.
Today is a day of celebration in the animal kingdom. Today the fauna are honoring… The Chicken.
And how DO you honor the chicken? Well, by PLAYING chicken, naturally.
During my commute to work this morning, I slammed on brakes, swerved violently into other lanes of traffic to avoid:
- One bunny
- One black squirrel
- One regular squirrel
- One groundhog
- Three individual small black birds
- One group small black birds
- One seagull
- One large butterfly
- One larger butterfly that, okay, turned out to be a cellophane wrapper.
Every one of these animals ran and/or flew directly into the path of my car. Many of them then froze and stared at me as I approached. Every single one of these animals played Chicken. And it wasn’t just me, either, lest you think I’m some sort of unwitting Disney princess. I also was forced to swerve on several occasions in reaction to other drivers avoiding collision with partying animals.
You may notice that, although various woodland creatures celebrate this holiday, it is far more important to birds, which seems natural, given the background of the celebrant.
So, if you’re headed onto the roads, keep an eye out for animal celebrators who might just try to play Chicken with YOU!