The Early Bird Runs Away from the Worm

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Button found a worm in the seed box, and brought it over to show me before eating it. He landed on my hand with it wriggling around in his beak. I’m an absolutely pathetic wimp when it comes to worms, so I screamed and ran away. Of course he dropped it and did the birdie equivalent of screaming and running away too. It wiggled off the side of the desk and now I know it’s around here somewhere, so I can’t stop peering at the floor, and I think my poor little yellow guy will always have a worm phobia too now.

I know extreme animal phobias can lead to some pretty silly behaviour, and also some nasty behaviour if the phobic person acts out and some poor critter ends up dead just because they give someone the willies, but worms and bats reduce me to puddles of terror. We had bats fly through the first house we lived in up in Zimbabwe. It was a really old but lovely double story (with resident ghost who stomped up and down the stairs, lurked, and exploded light bulbs over people’s heads), and lots of little spots for the creatures to squeeze themselves in. I was never the one to help them out though – I was the one completely covered by a blanket and cowering in the corner. I know that if there wasn’t someone else to let a bat out, I would find a way to do it from under a blanket though, because it’s not the bat’s fault that I’ve watched too many horror movies.

Movies that demonise animals generally irritate me. I didn’t enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, because I’m pretty sure that things like that could trigger phobias, and there really are people out there who think that things like that could happen. I reckon that all the creatures on Earth are already in more than enough trouble thanks to us two legged terminators and munchers of everything that moves, so trying to instil fear of happy little feathery guys seems unfair as well as unnecessary to me. There are more than enough demons and ghosts to be getting on with in the scare department anyway. Now I’m going to have to find, catch, and release that worm before I can comfortably hang around my computer today.

Button the Weaver Bird

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15 thoughts on “The Early Bird Runs Away from the Worm

    Sue Vincent said:
    November 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I’m okay with live, earthy worms in situ… but anywhere else… and especially the rain-whitened ones washed up on footpaths…

    There was a morning walk to school on paths between grassy slopes one day as a child… couldn’t walk without stepping on a wet worm…

    The horror remains and makes wimp of me 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Aaargh! Actually I’m also okay with earthworms and millipedes, and now that you mention it, when I was in grade two the only way to assembly every morning was under a tree that used to drop hairy caterpillars during the rainy season. There’s something terrifying about wiggly or slimy things touching you. More aaargh. 😀

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        Sue Vincent said:
        November 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm

        I think the wet wormy things are my worst nightmare… the rest I can manage… though I have ‘fond’ memories of a bunch of lilac placed lovingly on the dining table that ended up with a festoon of caterpillars abseiling onto the table top… 😉

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    November 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    There does seem to be a love of monster/vicious animals in horror movies. Not a fan of being scared, so I don’t know the full extent. Though the bat story is reminding me of a scene from ‘The Great Outdoors’ where John Candy and Dan Aykroyd are trying to get rid of a bat from the cabin.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    November 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A delightful morsel for those who like me have a think about wiggly things (snakes and things people!) Life in Africa has its moments especially with helpful birds in the house….thanks Jo and just so you know how faded my eyesight is getting I thought you had left the (r) off your actions in the first paragraph……….Hugs

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      ihidemychocolate said:
      November 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Button was so proud! I burst out laughing at the vision of him screaming and running away in sympathy with you. My fellow commuters are wondering what is so funny.

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    Sarah Ferguson said:
    November 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve never had trouble with worms (thanks to years of fishing) or bats (except the giant Australian ones – seriously, those things are not natural).

    Spiders, on the other hand? No, thank you. Thankfully, I have a dog who enjoys going after them, thus preventing me from having to deal with them.

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    John W. Howell said:
    November 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    My wife continually makes fun whever I gently remove an intruder and place them outside. The last was a lost spider which I’m sure was looking for its mate.

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    Green Embers said:
    November 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I actually met a girl once who very much had a phobia of birds because of The Birds, so yeah it definitely has happened at least once. Hmm, I hate spiders and shy away from animals with big fangs that look like they want a bite out of me, lol.

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    November 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    What a pretty yellow bird. What kind is it? A house bird or one you tamed?

    The movie, The Birds, gave me the creeps. I had just moved to another city and lived in an apartment backed to a huge escarpment. During the movie, something moved me to peek out the balcony doors. I felt I was in the middle of the Hitchcock movie. My railing and the trees against the escarpment were covered with HUGE black crows. I later found out this was their gathering place after dinner at the dump. I find all crawly things icky.

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    Bruce Thiesen said:
    November 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I would have had my own blanket and corner in that first house of yours. No thanks.

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    davidprosser said:
    November 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Maybe Button has come back and taken care of the worm for you Jo.A beautiful bird.
    xxx Mega Hugs xxx

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    olganm said:
    November 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Poor Button! I hope you’ll sort out counselling…Mind you, maybe the worm has survived to see another day because of that…

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    tpolen said:
    November 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    It’s snakes for me. I don’t mind spiders, worms, lizards – but there’s something about snakes that makes my stomach turn to mush.

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    Mira Prabhu said:
    December 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    Ha ha ha…I’m terrified of rats and mice and centipedes….not of snakes, scorpions and most other such forms of life…read here about how the early bird ran away from the worm…thank you Jo Robinson…I agree with you that we humans unkindly demonize beings that have as much right – if not more – to this planet as we do. What an arrogant lot we can be!

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