The early bird?

More on kookaburras.

They are getting up earlier than me. For the last couple of days I’ve made it to the kitchen to set up for breakfast, opened the curtains of the bay window, and there they are. Already eating.

I don’t really mind them starting before us. I just wonder why they have to respond so quickly to the earlier sunrise. My alarm clock doesn’t. And it’s not as if the worms are going to go anywhere.

Today they not only got an early start, but they got an early finish as well. Off they went as we sat down in the window. And then along came a peewee.

He just walked around the yard picking worms from the grass as if they were scattered quite deliberately for him. He got more than the kookaburras normally do. And that is what put my mind to work on the old proverb. You see, today it was not the early bird after all. It was the one who got a good night’s sleep and wasn’t going to be rushed into the new day just because of the way the earth tilts or spins around the sun or whatever it is that makes the sun creep over the horizon just a little bit earlier each day at this time of year.

I love it when the wisdom of the ages is put to flight like that. Matter of fact, I might even set the alarm clock ten minutes later tonight and get a little bit more sleep.

It’s not as if the world is short of worms.

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