May 13, 2014 – What a night we had doing time in the library! At first, I was displeased that Eunice had taken off in her car, screeching into the darkness knowing full well that my flockmates and I were left behind to fend for ourselves. But then, we realized what a unique opportunity we had been presented with. There was no one to “shush” us when we cackled over something funny; no one to tell us we could only look at two books at a time.
With the flashlights Charlotte and Addie had in their pocketbooks we explored every inch of the large, brick building. In the children’s section we found sofas and chairs perfectly sized for the five of us. We watched the enchanting movie, Frozen and ate popcorn that Sawyer found in the staff lounge and cooked up in the microwave. She also found apple and grape juice boxes. It took us a few minutes to figure out where to stick the straw, but then Peaches noticed the foil circle on the top of her box and pecked it open.
After the movie, we took the elevator to the top floor. It was filled with books about history and cooking, pets and how to start your own business. It was also the floor where a large room containing an enormous wooden table was located. It was the longest table I’d ever seen and was surrounded by 12 black swivel chairs. We used the pushcart to load in our books about Nova Scotia and then spread them out on top of the conference table. One at a time, each of us would call out a question, like – “What do they eat in Nova Scotia?” and the rest of us would pour through the books until we found the answer. Addie wrote the information on a large white board for us to see and memorize. Every few minutes, Peaches would yell, TWIRL GIRLS!! and we would spin around in our chairs until we were laughing so hard we couldn’t breath. We also accomplished our original mission. The rest of the flock is going to be very impressed with the knowledge that we absorbed. I can’t wait to go to Canada and ask about their lobster and steamers, eh!
We finally found a lovely futon in the corner of the head librarian’s office, and settled in for a good night’s rest. We woke up in the morning to the smell of brewing coffee and Lola, the calm librarian, singing a delightful tune about ladybugs. We were going to say hello, but I received a text from Tim that Holly, our kitten, was going in for surgery today. My heart started to race until I read deeper into the message that it wasn’t because she was hurt, it was a routine procedure that dogs and cats endure. He said she would be home later in the afternoon. That’s all I needed to hear. I filled the girls in on what was going on and we skedaddled out the front door without even a backwards glance. I don’t know if Lola saw us or not, but I’ll go back someday soon to say hello.
When we got back to the henhouse, we took care of our egg business, had a dirt bath, ate a wonderful breakfast and then got to the matter of making Holly a get well package. When Mom pulled into the driveway with her this afternoon, we were holding a banner that said, “Be Better, Feline Baby! XOXO Love, Your Chickens”. Then, we handed Mom a couple of gifts for her to give Holly when she was less sleepy. I think she’s going to love whacking the whiffle ball on a stick I made for her. Sawyer thought it might be too big, but I think Holly can handle it. I tied it together with a yellow ribbon to signify that Holly is our ray of sunshine – even if she is a dreadful cat. It’s all good – I’ve forgiven her for that little issue.
Tomorrow, I’m going to sit with her if Mom lets us, so we can retell one of the stories we read during our unfortunate incarceration in the town library last night. Then, I’m going to visit Violet and do the same thing. It’s important for them to know that we have their backs at all times – even when they’re under the weather. According to a little girl named Lilo in another movie we watched last night, “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind.”
Do you hear that, Eunice?!!!!