100happywords: 15. Sea Pidgies




The pigeons didn’t know what hit them. One minute they were pecking indiscriminately at the park’s grass in the hope of some beige object being food, and the next a toddler was stumbling toward them at speed, arms flailing, with the war-cry of “Pidgieeeeee!” The pigeons escaped but the image stayed in my mind – the joy of the child, the rapid-response of the pigeons. From that day, all birds became known as Pidgies. Crows: Black Pidgies. Ibis: Long-leg Pidgies. Seagulls: Sea Pidgies. And, whenever I see them, “Pidgieeeeee” squeals through my mind and I’m transported to a place of joy.


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