I can’t even believe I’m writing this! It’s been sooooo long, and now we’re officially parents!
Ok, we didn’t actually have a—what do you call it—a baby. One of our chickens produced an egg. Well, two eggs. Might be three now. But I imagine this is exactly, EXACTLY what it feels like to have a baby. I mean, three babies. Heading toward a whole carton of babies.
You see, there were these chicks. Wait, let me back up. There were these eggs, and they became chicks.
Then somebody sent them to us in the mail. And the post office person called us up and said, “Hey, you better come get these chicks.”
So we did. We went to the post office and as soon as we opened the door, we heard “Cheep! Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!” all through the building.
They brought us a little box, and we took the loud box home, and opened it up. Sure enough, there were chicks inside!
So we put the chicks into a big plastic container, with food and water and a heating thing and stuff. And we obsessed over the chicks, checking on them every 5 minutes to make sure they were still alive.
Eventually, we moved the chicks to the most expensive chicken coop/run ever made. Mabel and Gilbert guarded it with their lives, lest it be attacked by… pine cones.
The chicks became funny looking teenagers with acne, and spent all their time on TikTok. And they pooped on us and said things that they didn’t really mean.
But finally they went from this…
Then the snows came, and we obsessed even more about them. We went through about 5 different watering contraptions, and did our best to make sure they were safe and warm.
And then one day… there were two eggs. We took them inside and set them on the kitchen island, stood back, and marveled at them. Just like you do a real baby.
Now the eggs are in the refrigerator, just waiting. And we find ourselves scared to death to touch them or crack them open. Just like a real baby.
But hey, that’s what parenting is all about, right? Now I know EXACTLY what everyone has been talking about all these years.
I love our chickens. I love our eggs.
I’m gonna go see if there are more.