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14 August 2008 @ 11:00 am
insights into the inner workings of a kit  

This morning the cats were hanging about staring lustfully at my cereal bowl and its milk, and I said, “You two are vultures,” to them. I was then reminded of how, when I was a child and sulking, my mother would say to me, “If keep sticking your lip out any farther, a condor is going to come sit on it.”

This annoyed the holy living bejeezus out of me. Not because I wanted to sulk (though that was part of why it annoyed me, of course), but because I knew perfectly well that 1. condors lived in California, and more importantly, 2. there were only about EIGHT OF THEM LEFT IN THE WORLD, and there was *no way* one of those eight was going to come sit on *my* lip. In Alaska. Thousands of miles away.

Now, if she’d said a bald eagle… :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: amusedamused
dqg_nealdqg_neal on August 14th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
See, it is little children like you were that made the condors go endangered. They were dying because they were forced to fly all over the country in a single day. *grin*
kit: verylaughingmizkit on August 14th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
*LAUGHS*! *laughs and LAUGHS*! Mom never thought to tell me that... :) Of course, I don't think I mentioned the reason I really *hated* that until well after she'd stopped saying it... *laughs and LAUGHS*!
SaffronRosesaffronrose on August 14th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
More condors now--must have been enough kids sticking out their lower lip for them to build nests on. Still, in CA, relatively rare, so must not be quite enough kids being caught out for them to build nests on and thrive.

My mom didn't go so far as to say I'd break a mirror, but did use the chestnut of "one day your face will freeze like that".
Morrigan Booksmorrigan_books on August 14th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Condors eh?

How far did you stick out your lip?

*looks afeared*
ramurphy on August 14th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Pretty damned far, she did.
kitmizkit on August 14th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
It's a god-given talent, what can I say? :)
Childlightchildlight on August 14th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
I have 6 cats and 2 of them do the same thing to me every morning. They never bother me any other time only when I milk and Crispex.
But my icon Lizzie who has already lost about 4 or 5 of her 9 lives begs every other time I eat. She is the only one allowed table scraps and only because of her many near death experiences.
ms_dblkms_dblk on August 14th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
My mom wasn't so explicit. It was just "a bird'll perch on that". It was a lot later in my life before I really understood the implications *smile*. Glad to know it's universal.
Mary Annepers1stence on August 14th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
My folks used the same line except it was the mythical Foo Bird that was going to come perch on my lip.
wednesday childewedschilde on August 14th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
okay now a BALD EAGLE would have made my lip stick out.

all we had were hawaiian hawks. and they're wee little things.
Beshterbeshter on August 14th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I so totally want to use that line on my kids someday. Of course, that's if I still live in SoCal. Knowing my luck, they will go look it up online to prove to me why the California Condor won't do precisely that, and then explain to Mom why she is silly for making such assumptions.
Agent Ninety-Ninedtroi on August 14th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
My parents used that on me, only they traded out "condor" for "rooster." I think that phrase is actually the initial reason I learned to do the not-quite-roll-your-eyes-but-the-INTENTION-is-there-glare.