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The Chicken Chronicles: Penelope Teaches Us About Forgiveness

Updated on January 22, 2014

The New Kid in Town

I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.

Jackie Robinson

How many of you reading this changed schools when you were young? If you were one who did, and there is a good chance that you are, then you understand the difficulty that accompanies such a change. The new kid is naturally the outcast. The new kid is outside of established cliques. The new kid must prove himself. The new kid must endure the whispers and the name-calling, and the new kid must work his/her way up the pecking order and that is often a difficult climb.

Let me introduce you to Penelope, the last of our six chickens who reside at 1828 Fir Street N.E. in Olympia, Washington. Penelope was not one of the original flock we obtained nine months ago. She was a replacement about two months after the initial purchase, and she has had a tough go of it since joining our family.

Take a close look at her and I’m sure you will find it difficult to believe that she would be an outcast. She is a very pretty bird, tri-colored with good form and stature, certainly no ugly duckling. She has egg-laying talent and rarely misses a day of laying, so no slacker this girl; and yet she has suffered through many of the same situations you experienced when you changed schools at an early age.

Our Penelope
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Experiencing Prejudice Early On

Within hours of introducing Penelope to the general population, it was apparent that the others did not cotton to this stranger. She was chased away from the food bowls. She was pecked in passing like some two-legged piñata. At times she was denied entry into the coop at night when it was time to bed down.

This kind of exclusion and tormenting continued for a good five months, finally culminating in a systematic attack at night, in the coop, where Penelope was pecked by the others, resulting in her losing many of her feathers and having open sores and scars. In truth we considered putting her down because she was having such a tough go of it.

And then, quite suddenly, the tormenting ended. Whatever rite of passage that needed to be lived had passed, and as I write this today Penelope has taken her place among the other five and no longer suffers through the gauntlet. Why it ended I do not know. I suspect, like is the case with so many humans, Penelope just needed to pay her dues and establish her place.

A Praise-worthy Bird

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu

I’ll say this for Penelope: not once did I hear her badmouth her adopted siblings. Not once did she raise her talons in anger and strike out at the others, and not once did she come running for help from the humans who protect her. She simply paid her dues and carried on with life. She could have screamed about the injustice of it all. She could have rightfully claimed prejudice and unfair treatment, and she could have struck back out of anger and frustration, but she did none of those things.

What she did do was continue to do her egg-laying job. What she did do was slowly earn respect without demanding that it be given to her. What she did do was give respect even where it was not warranted.

As I write this I find myself wishing that our country had about 320 million Penelopes working the jobs and prowling the Halls of Congress.

Ain't she a beauty?
Ain't she a beauty? | Source

We Had a Chat

Penelope and I sat down for a one-on-one discussion of her situation, and I’d like to share the results of that talk. Since I don’t speak chicken, Bev will serve as my interpreter.

ME: Penelope, thanks for taking time to chat with me. How do you like life in our backyard?

PENELOPE: Bill, thank you for talking to me. Life is good. I appreciate the food given to me, and the fair working environment. I love Bev and can’t wait to jump into her lap at the end of the day. All in all I think this is a great yard to live in.

ME: I’m glad to hear that. Now, I want to take you back about five or six months ago, to the time when you first came to live with us. Tough times, those, yes?

PENELOPE: Bill, they were tough times. I had to leave my brothers and sisters and join this rather raucous crowd, and they were not exactly welcoming, but I got through it. Did I mention that life is good?

ME: Let’s talk about that some more. No, the rest of this group was not very welcoming. How did you manage? How did you keep from losing your temper and quite frankly, why aren’t you bitter now?

PENELOPE: Sheez, Bill, get real. I mean seriously. I have relatives who were raised just for meat and were slaughtered by the time they were a year old. They lived in cages and horribly crowded conditions, and they were forced to eat genetically modified food. Now those were tough conditions! Compared to them I have it made here. Our food is organic, we have the whole yard to roam in, and two loving owners who treat us like pets. As for the others who had a little “fun” with me early on, they were just doing what others always do when there is a newcomer, and I don’t blame them. We all have to find our place in society and we all have to earn trust and respect.

ME: Well, I have to tell you, I greatly appreciate the job that you do. You lay some of the prettiest dark brown eggs I have ever seen, and you are always so pleasant to be around. It is a pleasure having you with us.

PENELOPE: The pleasure is all mine, Bill, and thank you. I’m loving every minute of my time here. The tough times are behind me, and now I just want to be a contributing member of our community here.

ME: Thanks, Penelope, for taking the time to talk with me

The Chicken Cafeteria
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And so It Goes in Our Backyard

I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Six hens strong and functioning as one. You have met them all now. Perhaps one day they will reappear in a children’s book. I have enjoyed introducing them to you and I hope you enjoyed it as well. It’s interesting what you can learn from a chicken, isn’t it? I mean they are supposed to be these stupid birds with puny brains and no personality, but it turns out they are distinctive and quite capable of teaching us humans a lesson or two about life.

Like Penelope….life is good….you have to earn respect….I want to become a contributing member of society…..lessons that are eternal and apply to us all, lessons that came from the new kid on the block who understood that we all have to pay our dues and await our opportunities.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Forgiveness...I love Penelope. She appreciates life. How do we forgive the people who are evil to us and do the worst possible things. Overlooking carelessness and even some unkindness can be done. So the solution is to come over to Bill's chicken coup...and ...Seriously Bill this really was wonderful to read and I am always totally amazed at how you create words and the feelings pour out.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, totally put a smile on my face and think forgiveness is a great lesson to indeed teach and what better way through your interview with Penelope here! Seriously, this was great and Bill I can't say that enough this morning.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful life indeed.

      The way you started it reminded me that back in the 60's I did switch schools a few times. They made us. It was called mandatory busing. In order to "desegregate". And so when you showed up at your new school everyone knew you were there because of the color of your skin. I look back and feel like Penelope- life is good.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Poor Penelope! She has a beautiful plumage (I had to search for that word and it turns out it's exactly the same as in French). Nice dialogue between you and Penelope!

      I can completely relate to your story of changing school.... when I was 8 years old, I changed school... and continent. That was hard! I can still see myself in the schoolyard thinking that one day I wanted to go somewhere where the sky was not so grey all the time ;-) It seems that my wish came through :-) Oviously, the weather was only a small part of the problem.

      When I was a teacher here in Canada, and we had a lot of kids coming from Somalia ... I understood finally what I went through as a kid. I could completely relate to them. It's not easy to fit in a new world. People always say, kids adapt so easily.... not so true.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I don't have an answer to your question; I have struggled with forgiveness my whole life. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time away from business to visit. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'm just happy Penelope was willing to talk to me. LOL Enjoy the snow, Janine; hopefully this is the last of it for you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tough times those, Eric, but we live through them and learn...hopefully. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, my goodness, I can't imagine changing countries. I think it would be hard just to travel to a foreign country, let alone establish a new home there. Thank you for sharing that experience with us.

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      SilverGenes 3 years ago

      What a pretty girl she is and I'm glad she's now accepted as part of the family. I went to six different schools and no, it's not easy. The first one was tough because I had an accent so it was kind of like Penelope's bright feathers LOL. It does help you adjust to change, learn new social rules, and understand others (although some of those 'others' can be really mean). Looking back now, I wouldn't change a thing and I'm glad Penelope found her way through it, too.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, you know I love to read your Chicken Chronicles.

      Before I jumped in and got my own chickens, I read everything I could find on the internet, and even purchased a book that was pretty much worthless.

      Your Chicken Chronicles should be assembled into book form and made available to the chicken lovers of the world. I suspect you already know that, but this book would sell and is better than most.

      Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Alex! I was one of the lucky one; I never changed schools, so I had to learn this lesson from Penelope. :) I'm glad you enjoyed our girl. She says to tell Alex hello!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, thank you my friend. One day maybe, yes? An ebook? I can see it happening if I can just find the damn time. LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Boy, can I relate to Penelope! From kindergarten through high school I changed schools six times, from California to Pennsylvania to New Jersey. I can tell you all about being low man on the totem pole and not fitting in. My heart bled for Penelope during her early days on Fir Street. But those who are strong of character overcome and eventually find a comfortable place they call home.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, it has always been easier to obtain money than it has to obtain time. That darn need for sleep just gets in the way of everything.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Poolman! I'll let you know if I figure out the secret. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, weep not for Penelope...she has handled it well and is thriving now...as are some humans who have been through the same things. .....:)

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      Dennis L. Page 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      After being away from HP for quite awhile, it was nice to run across your article. Apparently bullies cross all lines. This story leaves the reader scratching their head wondering what goes on in a chicken brain or, no pun intended, the pecking order of the brood.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I can understand. I've been there most of my life. lol Cute article. Very well written!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Umm...you are talking to chickens??? That was a fun read. I have been reading some Buddhism books lately and have come across the idea that one has to forgive over and over again. When the mind chatter shows up and starts complaining about a person or situation one just forgives (again) and try to stay in the moment. Hard to do, but the only other choice is to keep listening to that voice repeat and repeat. Great hub!

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Bill PLEASE promise me Penelope will not land in your oven! I have already fallen in love with this beautiful chicken. This hub actually made me feel tearful. What a wonderful example of how we, as human beings, could be so much happier if we lived by Penelope's example. Here's your little book title, "Everything I Learned the second half of my life, I learned from a chicken." God bless you, and I LOVE the quotes. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pagesvoice, welcome back and thanks for reading my little whimsical look at the chicken world.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Victoria. I always appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, of course I talk to chickens. Doesn't everyone? LOL Love the Buddhist teachings and yes, it is hard to do and yes, it is necessary. Thanks for your thoughts and welcome back.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I love it when my friends come up with my future book titles. Thank you my dear and I make this promise to you: we will not eat Penelope. :) Just for you dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

      Only you could come up with MEANFUL dialogue with a chicken.

      Next thing you know, you will have your own talk show as the

      "Chicken Whisperer".

      Then, there are the bumper stickers, "Have you hugged your chicken, today?" Or, "Cluck with me, baby!" Shall I go on?

      You CRACK me up!!

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, that will be quite enough out of you pun factory for today. LOL Way too funny....meaningful dialogue? You mean I'm the only one who thinks it is possible to communicate with chickens? Oh my!!!!

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, Bill, I saved a chicken!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I wonder if the President of the United States gets that wonderful feeling each year when he saves a turkey??

      I am logging the excellent quotes in my journal. God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Sweet Penelope. I am glad she has been accepted now. I understand the point of this hub, but I have a soft spot for those who are bullied! I am pushing for the children's book. You've got a series here, Bill. I'm putting in my order for an autographed copy of each one!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, as a survivor of bullying I can certainly understand you have a soft spot. Consider the order placed; you will for sure get an autographed copy. Thank you nice lady.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you saved a life. Bravo! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Can I say that Penelope is a pretty lady? She is. I imagine a children's book would be quite the thing for this group. Enjoyed the read.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I saw the newest addition to your chicken chronicles and was so excited to have a read. Those chickens of yours are heroes in my book. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Diana, you can certainly say it and I agree completely. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you are enjoying them, Jamie. I'm having fun telling you about them.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Your chickens certainly are worthy of having children's stories written round them; their characters give them the right to fame and fortune! They are all so appealing in their own right that they could provide you with many a tale. The names themselves suggest many titles!

      Penelope is beautiful! Perhaps she just has such good self-esteem that she knew they'd all come round in the end. She sounds like a peaceful, tolerant, sensible chick. How lovely it would be if we were all like that!

      Hope all's well with you (and Penelope)! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All is well with me, Ann, thank you! Yes indeed, a healthy dose of self-esteem will go a long way in curing our ills, won't it? Enjoy what is rest of your evening my friend and thanks again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I really enjoyed that billy, the only thing it lacked was a picture of one of her beautiful eggs. You know me, I am interested in the chicken not the moral to the story. lol

      I am getting my 3 eggs a day now and no one nesting anymore. Kind of sad.....lol

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Poor Penelope!! I am glad she is doing better!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a delightful hub to come home and read after a long day! I really loved this one and Penelope too, who couldn't help but to love her! Yes, when we, humans, go through this life with unforgiveness in our hearts, it will literally make us sick ... even cancer, as it rots us to our bones.

      Yes, those new schools are tough on one, but we do scratch our way in and make a place for ourselves.

      I loved your interview, Dr. Dolittle Bill : ) Sounds like all is well and life is good for Penelope and all concerned. She is a beauty. Great quotes.

      Up and more and sharing

      Peace and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Jackie. I'm sorry to muddy things up with a moral or two. LOL I'll give you a straight chicken hub in a couple weeks, dedicated to you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And so are we, Audrey! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'm glad I could provide a bit of entertainment for you after a long day at work. Resentment only hurts the one resenting...it is a dead end street for all concerned.

      Thank you my friend and blessings always

      bill

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

      Yes, it is such a pleasure to enjoy the chickens. I enjoyed reading your interview and it serves a purpose in helping us understand one another in this society.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      What an extraordinary "christian" character Penelope is. By living forgiveness paved the way to love the rest; " not badmouthing"- one of the basic element for your bestseller of the children's book, - even "children of all ages ". People are sick and tired listening to vain talkers without setting an example worthy to follow . However when exemplary behavior coming from the chicken - people might copy and improve their interpersonal relationship. ( I'm a firm believer.)

      Voting awesome, useful and beautiful.

      Good night my friend.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Penelope is a very pretty chicken. I'm glad that she was finally accepted by the rest of the flock and that she was available to teach us about forgiveness.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love these chronicles. :-) And I was fascinated with the lessons of this parable and analogy with Penelope, as the “new kid on the block.” The rite of passage can be cruel with any species…unfortunately, including the human variety. Penelope handled her torments as a forgiving lady of character and wisdom who recognized how lucky she was compared to others. I admire her, and this terrific hub. Thank you, Bill. Beautifully written.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      First, I believe every living creature has a purpose and a lesson to teach. :)

      Second, I love your chicken rendition. Third, Darwin would be proud. Fourth, love the lessons here. :)

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, every living being has a lesson to teach and Penelope had a wonderful lesson to deliver- adjustment. I enjoyed the way you compared Penelope to the present situation of the modern world.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is my hope, starstream. If we could all just work a little harder at understanding each other. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am too, Alicia. Thank you and I'll tell Penelope you stopped by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cydni, thanks for all four points....just tossing a few metaphors around in hopes that someone will understand. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna. I'm just trying to grow, as a writer and a human being. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mathira. I believe there are lessons to be learned in all walks of life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, good evening and thank you. I know you are a firm believer; you are a man of depth and character and those two values will always be needed in the world.

      blessings always and I'll "see" you tomorrow.

      bill

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Haha, yes we certainly need more Penelopes in positions of authority, who get on with their stuff instead of reacting to everything else around them! Voted interesting, as I really enjoyed reading your hub and I especially liked the conversation with Penelope.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the way you put morals into a hub. Your chicken is a good example. Great hub. Love reading every bit of it.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      what can I say that hasn't already been said.

      A wonderful read and Penelope has found her way into many hearts including mine.

      Have a great day my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love your Chicken Chronicals Bill, they always give us a good insight into our own lives through the eyes of the hens. I have experienced the 'new kid in town' syndrome and can relate to that. Studying "permaculture' has really helped me appreciate chickens/poultry as they play a vital part in that system. As always a very educational hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, another important lesson learned! "Fitting in" can be really tough, but it is something we all have to do in life. Whether it's coping with bullies in a new school or in our place of work. Unfortunately, when I changed schools I wasn't as forgiving as Penelope, this pretty chick simply Cruz through life. I'm afraid to say I pecked right back. :) Looking forward to reading the book. My best to you, hope you're having a wonderful day.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Penelope looks great and she certainly has earned her respect. Adapting to new surroundings is tough and can be quite unnerving and I must say Penelope is very brave and courageous. Great write. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I smiled all the way through this piece, not only was it fun to read, it has a message we all can adhere to. Penelope has my vote as queen of the roost....

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Your Chicken Chronicles make me smile. Do you think Penelope knows what a tribute you give her?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzanne! Proaction vs reaction....I think we need more Penelopes.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you peachpurple; I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, Penelope will do that....she is a keeper for sure. :) Thank you dear friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Chickens really are great for a farm or garden; they do so much work for us and they are so easy to care for.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, believe me, I would not be as forgiving as Penelope. I was lucky and never had to change schools, but I know my personality and it is one of strike back and remorse later. LOL....thank you and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I just wish I was a little bit more like Penelope.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Ruby, I will tell Penelope you think highly of her. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thank you! I'm not sure Penelope is even aware of my existence except at dinnertime. LOL

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      I talk to our chickens all the time! Just love being in the coop with them. My daughter sings them lullabies after we've close up the coop for the night and counted them. :0)

      So loved this hub, and the entire series. :0)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, I have a big old grin on my face. Bev sings to our chickens too....how great is that? LOL Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Penelope is a fine feathered friend who has learned that attitude is everything. I love her.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish. I'll tell her you said so and she will be pleased.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      It is amazing what we can learn from animals. I've learned so much from our dogs. Tell Penelope she's given a good lesson.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I will pass that along to Penelope. She is outside sunning herself right now and she will be pleased with your comment. Thank you.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      This chicken is a great teacher!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      She is indeed, vkwok; she teaches me daily. :) Thank you!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Bill,

      This was just so cute and I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you for the quote by "Antoine de Saint-Exupery". I have copied this down and placed it in an area that I will always see what not to ever do. This is something that I think gets lost and forgotten so quickly until one is on the receiving end of it. Amazing work as always..hugs and blessings. :-) Shared and up into the chicken heavens

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have found a special way of getting a great message across to your readers.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, it is. Penelope and YOU know the secret...life is good even on our worst days.

      Thank you my friend for sharing so well...despite our circumstances there are many who face much worse. Shame on us if we do not recognize that and feel thankful...

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Jo! We can find lessons about life anywhere if we are willing to learn, don't you think?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....I'm just an old story teller at heart.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you my dear friend. Life is good....despite the hardships that come our way. You know that as well as I do and I love your attitude.

      blessings and hugs for you and yours

      bill

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Dear Bill,

      Penelope touched my heart and if humans could forgive and go forward like she does---what a wonderful world this would be.

      You do need to think about writing children books about your 'Chicken Family.' It took me two days to get back to reading this---I had a pet rooster so your chickens are one of my favorite hubs on HubPages.

      Thanks for being here and making our lives so rich by sharing your lifestyle with us.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, thank you so much. We all enrich each other's lives or so I want to believe. :) I know my life is so much better because of friends like you.

      bill

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Poor Penelope. Alas, I saw that behavior so many times back in my farm days. She is one lucky chick, we had some that weren't so fortunate. Chicken violence sometimes gets out of hand.

      Great lesson to be learned here, and told in your usual engaging fashion. Voting and all that jazz!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, thanks for the visit. Chickens can be a bit nasty at times...we have one that pecks my foot whenever she is near me; that's a good way to find oneself on the wrong end of a chicken dinner. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      his is so true. I dare say that a children's book is in order, to teach kids the finer basics in life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, if I find the time then it will happen...thank you!

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      I loved your conversation. I'm glad Penelope is a happy chicken now. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, we are all happy chickens when we allow happiness to happen. :) Thank you dear friend. I hope all is well with you.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Bill, all is well, thank you. I'm in a writing mood right now. I just don't know what to write my next hub about. It's going to be hub number 100. Enjoy the rest of your week! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I will be waiting for #100 and I'm sure it will be interesting as all of yours are. Thank you!

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