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a dedicated bird watcher), would
consider a bird entering the house
as winning the lottery.
We left the door open, and,
prodded by our eager hopes, the
bird flew out the same way it
came in. More than 518 house-flies flew in during that time. It
was a crummy trade, almost as
bad as the one I made years later
when I traded a well-used Ford
for a used-up Plymouth. I digress.
The bird left. Nobody died.
Neither human nor bird was
It was much better than when
I thought it’d be fun to hit a golf
ball in the house.
That brought bad luck.
We had a bird door put into
the front door of the house.
We had to. We didn’t have a
back door. a
Al Batt is a writer, speaker,
storyteller, and humorist. His
first book is a collection of his
stories, A Life Gone to the
Birds, published by BWD Press.
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