Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Like a Blue-Footed Booby

One day last week, Allyson and I were looking at a two-page magazine layout of birds from all over the world. Some of them were beautiful, some were amazingly colorful, and some were just weird. My favorite was one of the weird ones, just because I liked its name. Have you ever heard of the blue-footed Booby, indigenous to Ecuador?

"Look at this one, Allyson," I said. "Guess what it's called? A blue-footed booby! Isn't that a funny name?"

She laughed politely, scrunching her brows as she tried to find the humor. After a moment she said, "Oh, yes. It's funny that a bird has blue feet."

"Yes, that's funny. But isn't the name really funny? It's a blue-footed BOOBY," I repeated.

She covered her mouth as realization dawned. "Oh, you mean like your..."

I deflected her hand, which was reaching toward my... booby.

"Yes," I said.

"That is a funny name!" she said, and we both laughed ourselves silly.

I probably would have forgotten the incident had it not been for our  family walk that evening. Bill had succumbed to Allyson's begging and allowed her to hold Lola's leash--which seemed like a risky move to me. One glimpse of a Chihuahua, and she could pull Allyson's arm out of socket. Fortunately, Allyson quickly relinquished the leash to Bill.

We hadn't even made it past our side yard when Lola started jerking Allyson back and forth. We were lagging behind a few yards while Bill stooped to pull a few weeds and toss them into the gutter, but I could still hear Allyson muttering at Lola.

"Lola, you're like a... blue-footed booby!" she scolded.

It was an apt comparison, actually. According to Wikipedia:

The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means "stupid" or "fool"/"clown". This is because the Blue-footed Booby is clumsy on the land, and (like other seabirds), they can be very tame and therefore easily captured, killed, and eaten by humans.
Other than the part about being eaten by humans, doesn't that sound an awful lot like Lola? She's rather on the dumb side, and very tame, and definitely a clown.

A few days after the walk, I asked Allyson why she'd called Lola a blue-footed booby. "Was it because she's silly?"

"No," she said. "It was because she was jumping around so much I thought she was trying to fly like a bird."

"Oh," I said.

I just love to see how Allyson thinks.

And I love our Blue-Footed Booby. Yes, I'm started to realize that. I really do!



Victor S E Moubarak said...

Great story Sarah, thanx.

May I wish you and yours a very Blessed Holy Week.

God bless.

Mindy said...

Lol I can just imagine Allyson cupping her mouth when she figured out why it was funny.

I'm glad Lola is growing on you! Dogs are such great companions, they never judge you and they love you unconditionally. Plus, they're usually pretty goofy. :)

Gentle said...

Cute story! I can totally see Allyson getting bashful over the comment she made...so sweet. Love the pic of the bird...it is truly a beautiful looking bird. Isn't God amazing in ALL His creations!

Sarah said...

Victor - Thank you! And a blessed Holy Week to you also.

Mindy - It sure has taken a long time, but yes, I do have a tender spot for Lola at last.

Gentle - Yes, the blue-footed booby is beautiful in its uniqueness. I'll have to find that magazine and have you show it to Liam. I never knew there were so many colors on birds. There was even a purple one.

NC Sue said...

That bird is so funny - it looks like it was put together with spare parts!

Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Best wishes to you and your family for Easter.

God bless.

Sarah said...

Sue - Yes, it does look like spare parts! I love God's sense of humor. And I'm glad He gave us a sense of humor so we could appreciate His sense of humor.

Victor - We had a lovely Easter. I hope you did too.


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