Thursday, September 11, 2008

In A Fowl Mood

It started off poorly at home that night, and it just got worse from there.

The Cormorants were getting ready to go to a party. They had eaten a marvelous fish dinner, bathed, primped and dressed up for the occasion.

Mrs. C. had been watching her weight recently, and while glancing back at her reflection, she asked her husband "Does this outfit make my ass look big"?

Mr. C., being a rather typical male, was not listening to his wife, though something in her tone alerted him that she was feeling insecure. He pulled out an old reliable stock answer to reassure his wife.

"Thiiiiiiiiiis much, and more every day." It was an unfortunate choice.

She hung her head and burst into tears.

Later on at the party, he offered his wing and asked her to dance but she refused and turned away.

They stood in stony silence while others joined in a Conga line.

After a while, Mr. C. wanted a response from his wife, so he asked a pretty, young bird to join him. The two of them skipped across the floor, past his unhappy spouse.

When her husband and his long-necked partner nearly knocked her over with their dance moves, Mrs. C. became angry.

They began to argue.

The other guests gave them their space, and they really had it out.

Mr. C. told her that he resented her silly sulking, and in doing so, he stomped his foot in righteous indignation.

Then jumped into the water to cool off.

He thought about how his distracted state of mind had given rise to this misunderstanding, and he began to feel like a birdbrain for causing his wife such anguish. He soon swam back to apologize to Mrs. C.

Mr. C. explained that when they were getting ready for the party, he really thought that she had asked him "How much do you love me?". And as always, that answer was "Thiiiiiiiiiis much, and more every day."

After a short while, they sorted everything out. When he offered her a warm hug, she realized she was being silly and instantly forgave him.

When the band played their favourite song, the reunited Mr. and Mrs. C. tore up the dance floor.

And that night, the Cormorants kept the promise that they made to each other when they were first married - never to go to sleep angry.

The End


Louise said...

Was this all running through your head as you took the pictures? Hilarious, fun, warm and wonderful. This is my pick for Post of the Day!

Leah J. Utas said...

Absolutely wonderful. Hilarious and really quite moving.

Frank Baron said...

I'm dabbing a tear here. I was so worried!

I LOVE happy endings!

Lots of fun Hil. Well done. :)

Anonymous said...

This is just a perfect moment!
Great photos that almost needed no words, but I'm pretty glad you shared your thoughts about what was going on ...

Cath said...

Hilary that is pure genius.
I loved every bit of that story, and it had a happy ending. I'm glad Louise has it down for POTD - I second that.

Anonymous said...

SO hilarious and Im with louise.

inquiring minds wanna know if it all came to you later? or while you snapped away?

Indrani said...

Wonderful series of shots and a fine story you have woven around them. Enjoyed reading it.

Woman in a Window said...

Sweet, fun and how in the hell were you able to get such supportive actors?

RiverPoet said...



Suldog said...

Magnificent job, Hilary! One of the most enjoyable things I've ever seen on teh interwebs. If this doesn't get "Post Of The Day" mentions, at David's place and others, I'll eat my shoe.

gary rith said...

Ha! That last picture! And we have some of these guys, too!

Michele said...

*snicker* funny... great post. =D

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures....moving! :)

SandraRee said...

Ha! Love it! Great job Hilary!

Anonymous said...

ha - I love this caption: "Thiiiiiiiiiis much, and more every day." It was an unfortunate choice.
I feel like I could actually hear the geese talking!!

JC said...

I love this post. I'm with Louise was the story running through your head as you were clicking the pictures. I laughed so hard but it is so sweet a love drama played out in bird land.

Thanks for the comment you left me. Hum, I hadn't thought about peanut M&Ms but now it is all I can think about.

j said...

Absolutely adorable! I love a good story.


the Bag Lady said...


How long did it take you to train those birds for this mini-production? :)
Amazing photos, Hilary, and I love your commentary!

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much, Louise. I so appreciate that. :) Some of it ran through my head while snapping shots. The rest sort of came together while reviewing them. Thanks for the mention for POTD. :)

• Thank you, Leah. You were moved? I'll bet you get weepy at long distance commercials. ;) Thanks for your kind words. :)

• Thanks, Frank. You were my inspiration! (for the typical, non-listening male) ;)

• Thanks, FP. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks so much, Cath. You're too kind. :)

• Thank you, MizFit. I'd done a similar post
earlier in the year about seagulls (in that exact same location), so yes, I did have something in mind. I just wasn't sure quite how it would turn out till I was done. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Indrani. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Ha! Thanks, WIAW. They were all extras from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. ;)

• Thanks, Riverpoet. :)

• So kind of you, Sully. Thanks for ensuring that you not eat your shoe by making that POTD mention your own self. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Gary. Yup, they're pretty common birds. :)

• Thank you, Michele. Much appreciated. :)

• Ah, another vote for "moving!" Thanks, Mark! :)

• Thanks very much, Sandra. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thank you, WeightingGame. Good to know it gave you a laugh. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• JC, did you HAVE to bring up the M&Ms again?!! ;) Thanks so much for your kind comments. I'm glad it made you laugh. :)

• Thanks so much, Jennifer. Your kind words are much appreciated. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks muchly, Baggie. They were already well-trained by Mr. Hitchcock. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

photowannabe said...

Magical words Hilary. You are a Wordsmith of the highest caliber.
Love your pictures and that storyline is amazing. If I took the pictures all I would see is birds...

Unknown said...

Hilary, Hilary, Hilary.... THAT was toooo funny! What a fun post and I love happy endings too.


Shrinky said...

Oh hilary, ths is fabulous, pure enjoyment from start to finish. Your photographs are superb, and the running commentary is soooo believable, thanks for making my day.

(You rock, girl!)

Daryl said...

Brilliant ...

Like Frank, I love happy endings!


Kat said...

Hahaha!! That is absolutely adorable. You are so clever!

Melinda said... That was freaking awesome!! Definitely the best post I've read today (and I've read some gooood ones!)

Mental P Mama said...

I am so glad that ended so well. I was busy thinking of an avian therapist's name for them.

Country Girl said...

My pic for post of the day, too. I haven't been over here for awhile and I think I've picked the best day to come. Very, very good writing skills you have, m'dear!

Anonymous said...

Now, Hilary, you must have guessed I love a good story! I actually cared about this darling couple and was pleased they discovered the truth of one another :)! The pictures were perfect.

Russell said...

What a great story! It certainly parallels the lives of so many less intelligent beings known as "humans"!! Heh!

I certainly had to laugh at the creativity of your story. Yes, yes... so often we can be so confused as to why someone else is upset with us! So often misunderstandings occur bewteen people (and birds!) - but the feelings are real never the less.

I am glad your story had a happy ending!! Most excellent!!!

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Photowannabe. They mean a lot to me. And when YOU take photographs, you make magic. Your images are always incredible. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Carol. Much appreciated. Happy endings are a must! ;)

• Thanks muchly, Shrinky. I'm glad you got such a kick out of it. :)

• Thanks very much, Daryl. :)

• Thank, Kathryn. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thank you, Melinda. You're too sweet. Much appreciated. :)

• Too funny, MPM. Bird therapists are all ummm... quacks anyway. ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Kate. I'm glad to see you're back in visit mode. :)

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Amy. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks very much, Russell. I'm glad you liked and could relate to the birds' tale. :)

You've ALL made my day!

I'll be away at the cottage for about a week. If all goes right, I've scheduled a post for mid-week. I'll catch up with everyone's blogs and comment responses upon my return. Later, all!

Shammickite said...

This is quite charming, such a happy/sad story... played out on a daily basis at the pond, I should think! Unfortunately, I don't think we're going to see Sully eat his shoe this time. Darn! It would have been worth siing.
Great pictures... and great story!

Kappa no He said...

The story of my life. Especially the big ass comment. Accept mine admits he heard me correctly.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, what a wonderful series of shots....and fabulous words to go with them!

Anonymous said...

What a DARLING story and pictures! I really enjoy this. Thank you, Hilary.

Crabby McSlacker said...

What a wonderful post!

The photos were amazing, and the way you arranged them into a story was awfully clever. How you caught all that synchronized bird movement I'll never know. Do you pay them to pose?

steviewren said...

Too funny! That Mr and Mrs are quite the pair of lovebirds aren't they?

Cedar said...

Now this post was a bird of a different feather!!! Great stuff.
I am still chuckling and smiling.

Cheffie-Mom said...

How funny! And what great action shots! (:

Unknown said...

thanks for the laugh--great pictures...

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I LOVED the ending. Oh wow, you rock.

*Insert a big phew*.

Beautiful photos Hilary.

Tricia said...

This is simply perfect. I love this post. The pictures, the story...I never knew my husband and I have so much in common with fowl. I laughed all the way through this, and I'm inspired that you were able to capture the words with your photos, or is it the photos with your words?

Hilary said...

* Thanks, Shammy. No sole or tongue on the Suldog menu this time? Darn, indeed. Thanks for stopping by. :)

* Ack, Terrie.. I guess you've learned not to assk. ;)

* Thanks very much Kerri, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

* Thanks so much Addhumorandfaith. Much appreciated. :)

* Yes, Crabby, I pay them with fish. Frank is very handy to have around. ;) Thanks for the kind words. Totally appreciated. :)

* Thanks, Steviewren. With a nickname such as yours, I'd think you're quite smitten with birds. :)

* Thanks so much, Cedar. I'm glad it tickled your funny bone. :)

* Thank you Cheffie-mom. Much appreciated. :)

* Thanks, Sarah, I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

* Thanks so much MamaGeek. That means a lot to me. :)

* Thanks kindly, Tricia. It's a bit of both. :) I'm glad you could relate to my fowl story. ;)

Colleen said...

LOL-Hilarious! Great imagination!!

Hilary said...

Thank you, Colleen. :)

G said...

Hooray! I love happy endings! :)

Hilary said...

Thanks, BPG.. are there any other kind? ;)