I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

~ John D. Rockefeller ~

Happy Chicken Digs to China

October 22nd, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 39 secs

She's most happy when making a mess.

They are everywhere. Heaps of earth piled high. Our happy chicken is digging to China. All right, not China exactly. Maybe Moldova, or else perhaps Paraguay. Either way, she’s a girl on a mission. I should have known something was up when I saw her trucking about the yard wearing a miner’s helmet and carrying a pick axe. She had that purposed look in her chicken eyes that says, “Today we dig.”

So as the sun shines on this happy Spring morning, I survey the dig site. Last week it was our garden.

We got her for the children originally; she and two others. But her feathered sisters passed on years ago. While Ms Chook (rhymes with “cook”), is happy to keep on laying into her golden years and wreak happy havoc in the garden. That’s why I tell her off. But she loves it. Picking her up she gets a pat and a dressing down, but she thinks that’s pretty good. No doubt she is too happy with her tunnelling progress to bother about a stern word. Because she keeps on digging.

I’m waiting for the neighbors to complain.

“What the blazes are you doing?” or “Have you gone stark raving mad, letting that chicken go on a garden rampage?”

Anytime soon, there’ll be crowds with pitchforks and flaming torches gathering, shouting “Roast that chicken now!” But I’m not going to do that. She’s our feathered friend and, even if she does treat our garden like a quarry, we’re happy to have her.

Why mention chicken mining? Well, being happy lets you see the lighter side of life. I could get angry to see the mess she has made. But being uptight steals the moment and to me that’s a poor exchange. Think about those things that get you so worked up and chances are many aren’t worth the trouble. Look for the funny side and pretty soon you’ll feel happier for it. It’s like sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to be happy.

So let the tension go from your shoulders and focus on the funny side of  ordinary bother. And if you happen to hear a happy clucking and scraping sound beneath your seat, tell Ms Chook she’s very naughty and to go back home!






  1. Naomi says:

    She is one heck of a determined girl!