Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fat Birds

What is so appealing about fat birds? And how can we translate that to me?

Outside my window right now is a fat chickadee. He is so darn cute, I want to grab him and love him right up. He’s everything I could want in a playmate. He’s cuddly. He’s elusive. And he’s well dressed, sporting his jaunty black cap.

I’ve been watching him. He and I have much in common. Seems he was much thinner just a month ago. As was I. Perhaps he, too, used the recent holiday as an excuse to throw a cheese and carb festival at his house. Perhaps, he, too, used the “company’s coming” defense in whipping up a batch of Ina Garten’s Peanut Swirl Brownies. [You know the ones—with a whole pound of butter and over two pounds of chocolate. And peanut butter. Unlawful.] Perhaps he, too, grew up in a nest full of siblings and always thinks there are twenty-five people coming over. When there are only six. I mean, why else would he I bake those too-rich-for-human-consumption brownies, PLUS chocolate chip cookies, thumbprint cookies, banana bread, and Danish wedding cookies?

He’s fattening up to survive winter. Maybe I am, too. The way it’s been snowing here, I could again be blocked from Trader Joe’s for whole days at a time.

If the game is survival of the fattest, me and the bird will win.


Mrs. G. said...

Yeah, survival isn't an issue for me either. I'm good.

Birds also fluff up when it's cold.

Happy New Year!

Cha Cha said...

Are you sure some of it isn't fluff? Sweaters and stuff?

Of course, I maintain that failure to carb load makes baby Jesus cry.

BTW, I'm so glad you're back. Talk about happy new year for me!

Anonymous said...

Ah, you write so damn well. Hows that book coming?

Bananas said...

"and how can we translate that to me?"
THAT indeed is the question.

Sojourner said...

I love this little reflection! I am with Mrs. G- I am going to survive just fine- good and fat for the winter.

I, also, love the chickadees, though my favs are the beautiful red cardinals. I love all the birds!

Happy New Year!