THIS CHICKEN IS HAVING A SEIZURE
“Why?” you ask. “Why IS she drawing a poor chicken having a seizure?”. By the way, before I do tell you why, I just have to ask you if you have ANY IDEA at all how hard it is to depict a chicken having a seizure? This one looks nothing like the real one by the way.
This picture relates to the idea of Minding Your Own Business, from item number 3 in my What the Hell is Your Problem Kit, the Definitive Kit for Uptight White People.
The other day, I was talking to my dear sweet chicken loving friend (A), and she told me that her husband (Mr G) was already not feeling well, and to make matters worse, he had looked out of the window, and seen one of their chickens who are like family to them having a seizure.
“Why was he feeling unwell?” asked I concernedly. (Should I have minded my own business?). “He has been in hospital”. Said A. “Oh, What was wrong with him” I asked. Thinking to myself, maybe I am going to far. “He had an operation” She said. Maybe I should have stopped right there, was I imagining a boundary that I should not go past. “What sort of operation?”, I asked. “In a private area” She said. “OK I thought, time to back off”. I decided the best tactic was to just make light of it, and evoke lots of sympathy. “Oh dear, that’s no good! Down in his nether regions” I said, please send him my love, and I hope he feels better”. All the same, I couldn’t help chuckling to myself at the odd nature of our conversation. Life is like that.
So the moral of the tale is that sometimes, of course we need to mind our own business! But at other times, it can make you appear cold and distant to mind your own business. It’s never easy to find the right balance. In my opinion, you are better taking the risk of actually being a bit of a nosy parker, than being cold and stuck up. Just ask gently and softly and try to demonstrate some sensitivity, never loudly. I believe too that your physicality can impact the situation. If you are physically big and loud, you will come across as being more pushy. White people cannot cope with perceived pushiness.