Quote of the Day: Chicks and Ostriches
A freestyle poem about a nostalgic thought.
"If you're going to call me a chick,
Then I'm just going to call you an ostrich."
One day, as I was sorting through my boxes at home
Filled with old schoolwork, scrapbooks, greeting cards, and photographs,
I came across a yellow notebook with a red plaid pattern and grid paper
That I remember stealing from my cousin, who had kept it in a drawer in
Our late grandmother's house, during one of my visits to Montenegro
(Sorry, not sorry).
Once I started curiously flipping through it for the first time in what felt
Like ages, I discovered pages upon pages of trivial facts and favourites
Lists I'd scribble down whenever I was bored or wanted to maintain my
Near-perfect handwriting. I then flipped to a page with, of course, our
Lovely quote of the day in all its glory, permanently engraved in scratchy
Bubble letters - okay, maybe my handwriting wasn't always on point.
I recall coming up with this quote in Grade Eight
When I was trying to think of a witty response to people in general who
Call girls "chicks". I had never considered the term to be derogatory or
Anything, and I still don't; rather, I just wanted to boost my budding
Reputation as a complete smart-ass with at least one totally original one-
Liner under my belt. Granted, I never actually ended up using it...
At that time, I never really thought much of my gold star wordplay of the
Day, other than to use it as a joke towards the fact that girls are essentially
Being referred to as freshly hatched nest dwellers. Not to toot my own
Horn or anything, but in retrospect, I believe that my prized yet unused
Quotation is kind of ingenious in a way. From my perspective, it's a
Lighthearted expression meant to show people that there's nothing wrong
With being compared to animals.
They are phenomenal creatures that we all find eternally captivating.
I, for one, am honoured whenever someone associates me with any of
Them, whether it be a cockatiel or a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Though we might not necessarily resemble them in the looks department,
They may share other comparable and considerably positive attributes
With us, such as those related to intelligence, strength, and emotion.
Given our (potential) historical and biological similarities,
I really don't see then how anyone can find them insulting.
The bottom line is that if someone is able to picture you as any type of
Animal, given that they're all fascinating in their own ways, then chances
Are you're awesome and unique. If anything, it's better to be referring to,
Discussing, and learning about animals than actual hurtful language.
Just something to think about.