Monday, 11 June 2012
"This does not bode well for your tattoo" says Mom.
So I might be ready to share this story now. Might. I didn't think I was, but as my mom was telling it to my dad last night and laughing till she cried (it's not even a funny story), I found my self chuckling along. This story took place the last week in May. Now, May for me is insane. Work is insane, the kids start getting excited for summer and antsy and my husband starts obsessing over the opening of the pool. May is one of the busier months at the salon too....with our graduation and Miss Castlegar events, there's a heck of a lot of hair to get did. I always feel like May starts and it's already pretty much over so just head down and plow through...which makes for a really stressful month. I was working tons and lots of late nights....as were all the girls at the shop and we were all feeling the stress, sleeping less, drinking more and inventing lots of new swear words. So this one day in May, Barry comes in the house in the early morning to tell me about a injured crow he found in the back yard. It was over by the pool fence and couldn't fly. It's wings and along it's back were pretty mangled. It's pissing rain out, and cold and it's huddled in the yard. Barry tried to catch it, but it half hop/fly/spazzed away. I know most people dislike the crows around here....they are a bit of a pain in the ass....but I love them and have my favorites around the yard......and yes, I do come from a long line of family crow lovers, just talk to my mom Val the Crazy Bird Lady (kidding...sort of.....we're giving her 5.4 more years before we officially give her that title). So instantly I'm upset by this news. I call my mom (the Crazy Bird Lady.....just testing it out....) and she instructs me to get a box, cut a door and some windows....craft glue on some nice curtains, no like cheap roller blinds...maybe a nice tile for the floor and paint on some shingles.....hahaha.....no she didn't go that far, but I know she was thinking it. She told me to cut a couple openings and put it over the crow outside and give it a bowl of water....maybe a plastic garbage bag on top so the box doesn't get soggy (pissing rain). I'm running late for work and I'm panicked and I have nothing to wear and now I'm worried about this bird. I manage to get ready in time and I get my box etc and head out into the yard to find it.....and it's totally gone. I search all the bushes around the area it was, and okay, maybe I was making kissy noises or whatever that universal noise is people make to all animals. Nothing. I head into the neighbours field behind us, searching in in the long grass with my diaper box and bowl of water. So I can hear this really obnoxious crow noise from low down in this big tree and I think maybe the crow managed to half hop/fly/spazz up into this tree. Okay great. Off to work. In my blue minivan and I'm heading down the driveway....when all of a sudden this black thing comes half hopping, half flying, completely spazzing towards me out from under a row of trees. I scream and drive my van up the side of the neighbours yard along our driveway and almost take out their fence trying to avoid this zombie crow who looks like just threw itself in front of my van. I can't tell but I think I hit it. I put the van in park and sit there chanting "Ohhh no. Ohhhhhhh no. Ohhhhhhhhh no" for a while, looking in my rear view mirror at a very compact looking black blob a bit up the driveway. I'm close to hyperventilating....I mean, I was going to save this bird....and now could I have killed it?? I get out and walk up the driveway and sure enough, it's flat. I completely smoked the thing and squashed it under my tire....dead on (literally). I instantly start crying my head off. Now, I'm not like quietly shedding a few tears...I'm full out SOBBING....complete with all the noises, snot and tears you could imagine when someone just murdered a living thing. MURDERED! I get in my van and call my mom (everyone now....1....2.....3......the crazy bird lady) and sob my way through the story. She's upset too cause she loves birds but does a good job trying to reason with me......at least I put it out of it's misery, it probably wouldn't have survived anyways, way to smoosh it full out and not just further mangle it and at the end she throws in a quiet "this does not bode well for you tattoo"...thanks MOM. I get off the phone with her and sob all the way to work. The rest of the day followed appropriately for a day that started out with killing. The girls at work lovingly prodded me about it and managed to only set me off crying once or twice. I shared the story a few times that day and yes, I cried every time. I think I cried all that week now I think of it....some of it over the bird, and some of it cause May is such a cold hearted bitch. And yeah, I guess it was probably best I ran it over, it was quick and painless....or so I hope...I mean, do any of us really know if that stuff would be painless or not? Who are we going to ask? The smooshed thing from under the tire? And what does it all mean anyways? Do you think this bird committed suicide? While I have you here, what's the meaning of life do you think?????