Friday, April 30, 2010
More Respect For The Chaparell Bird
I guess I never realized that a lot of people haven't seen roadrunners since I grew up with them. In answer to your question I have never heard one make a noise. That is not to say they don't. They are always running and where they are going I have no idea. I have read that they are a lazy bird and use other bird's nest to raise their young. As many roadrunners as I have seen I have never seen a roadrunner egg or a young bird. I don't want to tell you this but I just have to. John and I both ate a roadrunner but not together. When we were young there was an old wives tale or bit of folklore that eating a roadrunner would cure boils. Boils are painful, ugly sores people used to get. Probably because we lived in the country and didn't have hot running water in the house. The tale was if you ate the roadrunner you would never have another boil. We didn't go to doctors back then and I had one under my arm. It was so painful I would have tried anything. Our neighbor killed and dressed one and brought it to my Mama. She didn't know she was supposed to boil it so she fried it. My brother sat across the table and teased me about eating a roadrunner. The meat was dark and dry as I remember it. I choked down as much as I could and I never had another boil and I never ate another roadrunner or wanted to. After I met John he told me about having a boil when he was a child and his Mama cooked a roadrunner and it got rid of his boil and he never had another. The cure comes about according to lore because the roadrunner eats such as scorpions and other poisionus insects. The mexican people call roadrunners pasianos (not sure of the spelling). They are cute birds and I guess we should have more respect for them.