Are you acting like a chicken? Are you getting a little “clucky” with the ones you’ve been sequestered with for the last few weeks? President Trump announced that social distancing will end on April 29th, 2020, and it can’t come soon enough!
In the South, it’s not our nature to fully enjoy life apart from each other. Southerners probably suffer worse than most of the country because we love being together. We cook together, we holiday together, and in New Orleans, we even celebrate life or death by “second-lining” together. Some of our fondest memories stem from social gatherings like barbecues, teas, retreats, crawfish boils, tubing and sports tailgates. Even wedding showers that were once women-only have become honey-do showers. If that’s not enough, now it’s couples showers. We find any excuse to gather together, and it’s normal because God created us this way.
Together as a nation, we celebrate New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, to name a few.
God designed us to enjoy watching other people gather together as well. That explains why television shows, documentaries, and cinema movies are so successful. Think about it, the subjects are stories about other people and what they do together. The subjects pique our innate interest, and typically, it is not fun to view them alone!
Like humans, God created certain species to be social and form communities for their well-being and survival, so that is why we see:
Dogs run in packs.
Birds perch together.
Ducks fly in flocks.
Fish swim in schools.
Bees live in hives.
Ants live in colonies.
God fashioned mankind to gather together and “encourage one another.” We are not meant “to be alone” (Hebrews 10:25, Genesis 2:18). Even spiritually, “we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1).
The term “better together” could not be more poignant or grieves during this time in world history. So, we shouldn’t feel bad when we get antsy, and our feathers get a bit ruffled. We shouldn’t question ourselves if we react a little clucky and want to “fly the coop” -even a chicken will try to fly their coop at times! And on April 29th, don’t be surprised if a neighbor sounds a loud cock-a-doodle-do, just beware, you may want to shout one too!
Until next week, have a blessed day, and thank you for sharing life with Sharlotte!