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Friday, October 17, 2008

Scare tactics

My parents have a wonderful large backyard with lots of trees and places to explore. Yesterday morning, Bria and Chloe went outside and found a surprising amount of bird feathers. Like hundreds of them. They were so excited when they brought their haul back into the house, that I almost couldn't bear to burst their bubble. I started to to say something about how maybe we shouldn't have them in the house and let's go wash our hands when Joel came downstairs and saw the abnormally large pile of feathers in front of Chloe.

He immediately freaked out and began telling them they could get bird flu and how many germs are on those feathers and that birds eat dead animals and did he mention the bird flu? And that they must throw them away right now.

Chloe sat there for a minute, looking at her beautiful feathers.

Then she said, "Can you get me a pair of gloves so I can throw these away?"

I think I can be pretty sure that my children will never pick up, let alone touch, another abandoned bird feather ever again.

Thanks honey!

11 comments :

  1. HA! I remember playing with them when I was little. But I would NEVER let my children. Too much of a germ freak :)

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  2. My kids have a couple of feathers in their treasure boxes. I had never even thought of stuff like bird flu. I just figured feathers were better than dead bugs!

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  3. I haven't acted quite like Joel, but I don't want the kiddos touching them for the germs either. Ewww!

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  4. Sounds like something our kids would do...and say! Those darn birds!
    I am so excited to see you! Sorry there's no baby to see (yet), but whenever you want to come by, just let me know. We may be gone this evening for my mom's bday, and tomorrow to a pumpkin patch, but other than that...we'll be around. We're in the phonebook, so just look us up! Talk to you soon!

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  5. Oh... I could just "see" their excitement and then their "let down"...
    yeah bird feathers have always been "gross" to me... even before learning about germs... LOL LOL..

    Thank you for your kind post to me the other day!!! It really meant a lot!!! I needed to hear those words!!

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  6. O man that was funny. I think he got the point across.

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  7. Ewwwww1 Whatever happened to bird flu anyway?

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  8. Wow if he can terrify them of birds what will he do when boys beccome an issue! :o)

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  9. You have really cool adventures with your kids! We have a bird, but I also am not comfortable having my children touch outdoor birds. Avian flu is so nasty I heard.

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  10. LOL!!! Unfortunately, I probably would have reacted the same way.

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