Whirling around on her backyard swing, while I get dizzy, she asks what I have been doing.
Photos are a bit fuzzy because they were FaceTime screen shots
I promptly reply that I have been a rock and roll singer singing in a rock and roll band. "No you haven't." she says, "If you were, there would be lots of streamers."
Hmmm, maybe I better think my answers out a little more carefully next time I tell a big whopper to a seven year old.
While telling me what she has been up to I notice that she is a bit aggravated. Apparently Trixie, that's what she has named her one remaining chicken, is following her feet around pecking at them.
"Ouch trixie, stopping pecking at my feet"
This led us to a conversation about why Trixie, who is the only chicken that the fox didn't get, is following her around and pecking at her feet.
"I bet Trixie is lonely." I said. "Maybe she wants to get your attention and pecking at your feet is the only way she knows how to get it."
(I have no artistic skills but I wanted to entertain Tessa)
Tessa thought for a minute and said, "I think she needs baby chicks. Mama said that maybe since we can't get baby chicks because of the coronavirus we can have eggs sent to us and hatch our own. I would like for the baby chicks to think I am their mama, but maybe Trixie would think she is their mama."
"I bet that would make her happy and not so lonely."
There are a lot of children, who are feeling lonely right now. Just like Trixie, who has had her chicken friends and family taken away from her and doesn't understand what happened, they are feeling confused about what is going on.
If they start pecking at your feet it's just because they need a little reassurance that they aren't alone.
As for me I have found a solution to my loneliness.