Flamingo (and punctuation?) Party

…i feel like i’m cheating: the story you are about to read is actually something i wrote a long time ago and i am literally going to copy and paste it here.  is that cheating?  i think it is. kinda.  Unfortunately, the copy of the picture below isn’t the greatest quality and doesn’t show the colors as vibranty as they really are, so moral of story: start photographing pictures better in the future.  but you get the idea, right?  also, you know one thing i have realized lately?? …and by ‘realized lately’ i mean ‘realized just now': i have a serious aversion to capitol letters.  it has also been brought to my attention (though not well demonstrated in this paragraph) that i have a tendency to overuse and/or misuse and/or abuse punctuation. sometimes all in one sentence!! but i’m reigning it in right now…  this is a serious-ish blog about non-serious pictures. they deserve a somewhat conservative and responsible use of punctuation. (lies. the punctuation abuse will show itself sooner or later…)  BUT just for fun, here are my top 10 favourite punctuations starting with my most favourite 1. the exclamation mark (!) which also includes multiple exclamation marks to express super excitedness (!!!!!!!!!!) 2. the question mark exclamation mark combo (?!)  3. dot dot dot (…)  4. the double question mark (??)  5. parentheses (these) 6. quotation marks “these”  7. the slash (/)  8. the colon:  9. the dash-  10. and lastly, though not punctuation at all, it still has an effect on how you read things and therefore makes my list: ALL CAPS! 

Ok, now that i have fully distracted myself from the very simple task of copy & paste-ing some text, let’s get to it:


Hello and welcome to the flamingo party!   What are they celebrating you might ask?   To answer that, we must take a closer look at the history of these tall, festive, borderline ridiculous-looking birds. It all started a long time ago, BEFORE all flamingos were pink. I bet you didn’t know it, but flamingos used to be mostly grey, just like pigeons (…big tall pigeons with long necks). Flamingos back then didn’t like to celebrate very often – they were dull creatures that took their job of being birds very seriously: they would spend hours preening their feathers until they were shiny and each one was in place, stand still and tall to achieve the perfect stoic look, and then gaze upon their environment with an air of importance and dignity. Yes, being a bird was a very serious undertaking indeed and it didn’t leave any room for fun. Such was the life of the grey flamingos in the past, and they liked it that way.

One year around Easter time (which also happens to be prime nesting season) a mischievous rabbit who lived nearby decided to play a joke on the relentlessly gloomy flamingos. While the flamingos weren’t looking (distracted by perfecting their feathers) he snuck into the nests and dyed all their eggs pink! The rabbit thought it might make them smile, or that they might actually enjoy some color for a change. And if they hated it, no harm done because the eggs would soon hatch and life would go on as normal. However, upon returning to their nests, the flamingos were horrified to see that their perfect eggs were no longer the creamy-white color that they so adored. The birds looked around frantically and only caught a quick glimpse of a furry white blur disappearing into the tall grass, but it was enough to identify the culprit: The EASTER BUNNY!!! ARGH. He was always up to festive pranks like that. There was nothing the flamingos could do but sit on their eggs and wait for them to hatch so that they could get rid of the hideous pink egg shells afterwards.

It was two weeks later that the joyous day came – the whole flock gathered around to watch the pink eggs hatch. First a little beak, then a little foot, then a little pink head. Wait… a little pink head? PINK? What were they looking at? It couldn’t be one of theirs. Flamingos were grey. But out came a tiny pink bird that had long legs, a long neck, and a beak just like a flamingo. It was the world’s very first pink flamingo. And as the other eggs hatched, there were more pink babies inside. The horrible reality began to sink in: the dye must have soaked through the shell of the eggs and turned the babies inside bright pink. The parents, although a little bit distraught by their offspring’s offensive color at first, loved them just the same and the little flamingos grew up happy and healthy. But one thing about them was very different: rather than a gloomy grey color and a serious ‘all business’ attitude, these brightly colored birds were goofy, playful, and spent most of their time finding ways to have fun! They celebrated everything from birthdays to holidays and every small occasion in between. Sometimes they even invented holidays just to have an excuse to throw a party (such is how January 5th became National Bird Day, and how July 10th became Don’t Step on a Bee Day, and how October 18th became National Chocolate Cupcake Day…those are real days, look it up). So a few years later when the pink flamingos started laying eggs of their own, you can imagine the celebrations that followed. To their delight, the little chicks that hatched were bright pink too! A second generation pink flamingos, and like their parents, they also loved a good party. Today, after many many many generations, the descendents of those first pink flamingos live on, giving us the pink flamingos that we see today.

This brings us back to the flamingos in the picture and what it is they might be celebrating. The answer, actually, is that they aren’t quite sure. You see, after so many parties, occasions, and made up holidays over the years, they forgot to keep track of which day goes with which celebration and now have no idea what it is that they are all at a party for. All they know is that every day has something worth celebrating and that they are always ready for it!

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