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Comedy of Errors: Locked in With the CHICKENS

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I was just getting the eggs

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If mothers are the heart of the family, why was I not missed after spending four hours locked in the chicken coop?

I have always heard that the mother is the heart of the family, especially a stay at home mother with a crew of kids, who also helps with a hobby farm. So tell me, why was I not missed after spending three hours locked in the chicken coop? This is a funny story in hindsight. However, then, I was slightly upset. The fact that no one even noticed I wasn't in the house battered my ego. Now granted, by this time all the kids attended school but still...You must first understand that even if this was a subconscious belief, I behaved as if I was the most important member of the family. It took a drastic experience to shake me out of my arrogance.Ten years ago on a very cold winter day, I decided to go with my husband to the barn. I bundled up in Michael's extra set of warm boots and coat. Since I am a size 2 in women's clothing and he is an X-Large in men's sizes, I looked quite comical trudging after him to the barn. We divided up the chores and rushed to finish them as quickly as possible because the wind was fierce.

My last task was to water , feed and gather eggs from our laying hens. Michael passed in the bucket of water that he had hauled for me and then left me so he could complete his own chores in the large attached barn. A few minutes later, out of sheer habit ,he silently locked the door to the chicken coop and proceeded to ploughed through the heavy snow and into our warm house.

I was lingering with the chickens, scattering extra corn and grain to help the chickens keep warm. There was no wind in there in the coup but was cold. I attempted to leave but the door was securely bolted from the outside. I yelled for my husband but he was long gone and the house was too far away for him to hear me.

The coop is old-fashioned and sturdy, built with thick, rough planks, so I could not figure out how to escape. Soon I began to stamp my feet in a vain attempt to generate a little heat. The chickens were upset, flapping about and squawking because I had intruded into their little haven. However, after the first hour, they ignored me and let me stomp around in my little circle.

As I became even more chilled, I stuck my whole head down into Michael's huge coat like a turtle hiding in her shell. My breath started to warm up my body. I must have looked like some strange headless man.

It was extremely boring in that coop, so I sang songs, much to the chickens' displeasure. I did experience one flash of hope when I heard my oldest son drive up in his truck for lunch and then leave again; why he didn't hear my yelling or wonder why I wasn't around to make and eat lunch with his dad and him, still puzzles me.

Just as I was starting to despair, Michael flung the door open and asked,

"What on earth are you doing out here?"
I poked my head out from inside his coat and yelled,
"I didn't choose to hang out with the chickens, you know; you locked me in here!"

Michael had been so absorbed in his work that he really did not noticed that I wasn't in the house.



About the Writer

My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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12 comments on Comedy of Errors: Locked in With the CHICKENS

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By Annie44 on February 28, 2013 at 03:42 pm

Love that story, Motherofnine9. I know I shouldn't laugh but the imagery is hilarious. I can just see you in your husband's coat doing a soft shoe to stay warm with the chickens. You're a good sport!

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By melanie jean juneau on February 28, 2013 at 03:55 pm

I am so glad that you can picture it becauseit is a very funny image

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By Debbie D.B. on February 28, 2013 at 06:45 pm

Good thing Michael did miss you eventually! Yup; definitely one of those stories that's funny after the fact.

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By melanie jean juneau on February 28, 2013 at 06:51 pm

Yep.. I had to eat, get warm but after telling the story for the second time, I was laughing

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 01, 2013 at 09:14 am

What is so funny about this is that I can actually see this happening...not at all funny when it happened but it sure made me chuckle now Melanie...LOL.

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By melanie jean juneau on March 01, 2013 at 09:16 am

It IS hilarious Barb.. I laugh when I tell it

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 01, 2013 at 09:18 am

Have you had any trouble on here the last couple of days? I could not even post a comment without it being a fight...had trouble even getting to my page...sigh...

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By melanie jean juneau on March 01, 2013 at 09:23 am

nope..wonder why ? /?

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 01, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Have no clue...is mostly in the evening it happens, between 8-10 pm or so...which just happens to be when I have some time to actually comment.

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By Credo on March 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

Enjoyable story, not too funny if your the one locked in the chicken coop. Good literature!

Credo

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By melanie jean juneau on March 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

I will always remember the first persin to call something I have written literature

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