Wherein I Forwent One Homework to Pursue Another

Last night, I put my hair in curlers and went to bed early so that I could get up early this morning and work on homework. I started my homework at about 5:15. At about 6:00, I started to hear birds singing around my house. No, no birds have come to my abundant bird feeder yet, and I'm trying not to take it personally. But I could hear birds singing, and thought about how strange it is that birds are diurnal, and yet obviously get up before the sun does. Everything was completely dark. Still, I wondered what bird was singing so sweetly and whether or not I could add it to my list.

By about 6:40, the sun was coming up, but I was still working on homework, so I continued to listen to the sweet singing melodies while I wrote about the idea of Europe. At 6:50, I could no longer stand it. And so, like a sexual deviant or a pervert, I emerged into the early morning outdoors in my pajamas, curlers, flip flops and with my binoculars. Not that I think that sexual deviants or perverts wear curlers. They might. It's just that you can't help but feel dirty walking around your neighborhood with binoculars in the misty morning.

I followed the sound of my singing bird and realized that it was in someone's back yard. Fortunately, it was in my former district leader's back yard. Though even if he walked out and caught me in his back yard with binoculars, there may have been awkward moments of clumsy explanation. Unfortunately, the bird in question was a robin. A robin? Yes, my disappointment was fairly bitter. Who knew they sang so sweetly? I have only ever heard them chirp.

I spent the next ten minutes walking around other people's backyards, since they all border on mine anyway. There was one tense moment when a police cruiser drove by, but I just jumped into the bushes with the rest of the starlings and sneakily snuck back to my safe little house where no one could judge me for wearing curlers, flip flops, pajamas, and carrying binoculars.

12 comments:

redlaw said...

That's so awesome - I'd pay good money to see pics of you walking about in curlers, flip flops, and PJs, with binoculars....

Cicada said...

Redlaw---Thank you for commenting! It makes me feel so loved. Apparently no one finds birds or sexual perversion interesting because it only took about 14 hours for someone to finally comment....

(I'm a comment whore.)

ambrosia ananas said...

Oh, come on Cicada. You know this whole "bird watching" thing is just a front for your binocular habits.

daltongirl said...

I find sexual perversion fascinating, but I also find that it makes some people uncomfortable, so I don't talk about it much. I appreciate that you finally mustered the courage to come forward with something that people can begin to diaolgue about.

What about driving kids to school in p.j.s and slippers? No curlers, no binoculars--how is that viewed? Just wondering.

Limon said...

I am impressed that you even planned to do homework. Congratulation. But just one.

redlaw said...

No problem - I too am a comment whore...I would have commented sooner but I didn't see it till then.

Th. said...

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Comment whores should share the love.

Cicada said...

DG: I guess sexual perversion isn't one of those hot-button issues. Circumcision on the other hand... And unless women in slippers and pajamas are driving by children and offering them rides, I see no problem with it.

Th.: Consider my love shared.

Brinestone said...

I just looked at the list of birds you've seen. Impressive! You've seen a blue heron? And two different types of vultures too. Cool.

Cicada said...

Brinestone: Yeah. I should probably put (MD) beside all the birds I saw in Maryland. But yeah, I saw vultures and herons. Cool, eh?

AzĂșcar said...

Have you been to Wal-Mart lately? Your oufit would be de riguer!

I can't see a starling without having my father's voice in my head talking about how much he hates them.

Cicada said...

Carina,

Excellent point.