(picture courtesy of The Story People)
I have said that there are days when you’re the statue and days when you’re the pigeon (well, someone else said it first really). And then there are days when the pigeons are just taking this adage way too literally and the universe is taking this way too figuratively.
I left for the gym this morning and no sooner had I backed out of the garage, my windshield was graced with avian poo. Ok, I can be happy with the knowledge that this bird’s digestive system appears to be in working order and that my windshield washer fluid levels were high. Dawn was breaking, NPR ‘s morning report was on and the air was clear. Not two minutes later – I am gifted yet again with another token from the bird community. I look up – nothing there. I am not amused. No matter – washer fluid works, wipers wipe – all is right with the world. Let’s cut to the chase – there were three more presents waiting for me when I left the gym. Really? Is there a sign on my car that is legible only to winged creatures that says “Restroom”? I’m not gonna lie – this was a bit irritating. And worse, not one of these visitors was around to own their disregard for my little white car that had just been washed two days earlier. Well fine, I can take a joke and as long as nothing had dropped directly on my head, I guess it was just my turn.
And I guess that’s my point – sometimes it’s just our turn. It doesn’t mean we’ve done anything wrong nor does it mean that this is divine retribution for some error along the way. I can’t take karma to the point where each of us is responsible for all the good and bad things that happen in our life. I don’t subscribe to the view that we are in a perpetual state of uncertainty, fearing that the universe is going to teach us lessons of such profound pain and awfulness. I do believe that what you give out into the world can come back to you in manifold ways if you keep your heart and eyes open. I also believe that some days just, well, suck. I don’t blame karma for that. I call that life. I don’t consider it karma that I’ve got some physical stuff that I deal with that occasionally kicks me to the curb – I consider that my roll in the barrel. And given that we all get a roll in the barrel, I’ll take mine thank you very much. And I can hope that yours is manageable and short-lived.
So anyway, I hope today you’re the pigeon, or goose, or hawk or whatever you choose to be that flies high. But please, when nature calls, be careful where you aim.
55 thoughts on “I’m Not Knocking Pigeons, But…”
Hey…I consider myself lucky that COWS don’t fly. To me, that’s a very good thing.
love it Mim…and you, of course
Well YEAH – it’s great that cows don’t fly – let’s not go there honey!! Love you right back..xo, m
Oh my. Never thought of that!
Can you just imagine??? No wait…better not.
ewwww–trying not to. Puts a new spin on “When pigs fly” too.
Ah…no…can’t go there. It’s too close to lunchtime..
here’s another thought…my mother always warned us that one day pigs would fly. yikes!
Ok – I’m having a major ‘ew’ moment…
Yeah right? yikes, ewwww, eeek, and duck! all apply
Mimi, reading this I have to ask what did you do to the pigeons> Or perhaps you found the flock from http://youtu.be/OnZhPtpibSk 🙂
Laughing out loud!! I have no idea!! I’ve always kinda liked pigeons. We have turkey vultures around here too though and I don’t like them one bit..
Substitute “step in it” to make the same point. Sometimes I just have to scape the stuff off my shoes and keep going. Thanks for the reminder.
Lol – fair point Susan..sometimes it’s not coming from above..
Never stand near me….it is when I am outside, with no “car” protection, that the gifts seem to be distributed! 🙂 Even when I visit in Mexico ….. they seem to follow me! 🙂 PLOP!
Ok..should our paths ever cross, I am going to hug you first and then stand a little distance away…:-)
I’ll have my umbrella in hand! 🙂
If any pigeons are reading this, please don’t be mad at my sister.
Thanks honey – I’m inside now where they can’t get me..xoxo
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Lol…I’m ducking as I type this..
I’ve heard it’s a sign of good luck to be at the beach and have avian poop land on you ~ at least that’s what they told me when a seagull decided to honor me with a deposit on my arm! Later another avian, graced my friend’s daughter on the forehead…perhaps they are laughing at us? Or have really bad aim!
I’m going to go with the good luck theory – though it would be nice if something other than bird poop was considered lucky…:-)
I know…I think it’s an excuse to make us feel better and not feel pooped on for no reason! Ha
Your witty and insightful posts help us all manage our “roll in the barrel.” Keep them coming.
Thank you Tom – that’s really very kind of you – and makes my day!
Mimi–you just made my day. Sometimes, I feel like my car has a target on the roof. But, know what? It washes off. 🙂
It absolutely does..but it really seemed like my car was the one destined to be the poop repository this morning!! 🙂
It’s just my turn – I love that. Hard to remember when it IS your turn, but great perspective, as always!! 🙂
Thanks Jenni – as always..And it is the only perspective to have I think – otherwise one ends up feeling like a perpetual victim.
So true. And sometimes I can really soak that victim thing up…:-) Glad you had wiper fluid!
Lol – me too!!!
O M G Mimi – you had me laughing out loud and then in a quick minute remembering to be really grateful, and then laughing with all the comments! I really love that you take something that most everyone else would a) just get mad about and/or b) let it ruin their day and/or c) not stop to consider and you turned it into d)none of the above, and ushered us to be reminded that life just throws crap as us some days, but that doesn’t have to mean we have to have a crappy outlook! Beautiful! Oh, and if we ever meet up in real life, I’ll drive 🙂 And hug Paula once we are inside. And thank the heavens that cows and pigs cannot fly. 🙂
I am eternally grateful that nothing larger is looming in the skies – believe me!! And I’ll definitely defer to your recommendation to do all hugging inside…Or then again, perhaps it will be my turn to fly that day – in which case, all bets are off..:-)
Cracking up over here – enjoying the laughter that comes from such unexpected places 🙂
That makes me happy…
Thank you for your fun post, Mimi. Sorry that you’re having that kind of day!
BTW, I’ve been meaning to say that your cute graphic of the girl swinging on the moon brings a smile to my face EVERY time I see it, but perhaps this isn’t the best of posts in which to mention it, so I won’t.
Lol – thanks! I think the girl is safe from any deposits from above though – unless she catches a moonbeam, which might be very cool!
Funny! There’s an old saying you know about this phenomenon…
Ok, I’ll bite (with my eyes scrunched closed) – what’s the old saying about this phenomenon?
Stuff does indeed happen. The key is to have the wipers working and the washer fluid full as these are things you can control. Great message in your post.
Lol – yup make sure it’s right up to the top.. And then – just have your day..:-)
You’re a riot, girl, ya know that? Xox, l
🙂 Happy to think your day started with a smile..:-) xo, m
My mom always said that it’s good luck when a bird craps on you……so you had a very, very good day yesterday.
I guess I did! 🙂
Love to hear your take of one of your days when you feel you are the pigeon – can’t imagine you taking aim at anyone.
Lol – am I that transparent? 🙂 You’re right – I rarely if ever take aim. There’s enough poop in our lives already isn’t there?
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This is so funny post. But I guess it was not so funny for you. 😀 My brother’s car was once totally over pooped …..like in a way that is not even imaginable. Literally the whole car was covered with it…..i think he left it under some tree where the birds “go”. In some cultures bird poo means good luck and more money. haha
Well I hope it brought a lot of luck to your brother!!
🙂 nope not really. he just had to pay huge amount to car wash folks to clean his car.