Thank you. You have been a dear, amusing, inspiring, and supportive friend, and I am happy that you lived such an interesting and full life.
Lady Betty Orpington, May 2008~July 2013. She rests in peace.
She was a little bird who led a big life.
"She is my muse and my amusement. And I find I can express my dreams and ideals through her. I can make believe that I am a farmer, a philanthropist, a patron of the arts, a cowgirl artist. And the more I live my life as though I am who and what I dream, the closer I come to really fulfilling those dreams. Lady Betty Orpington somehow puts me in touch with that space where imagination and reality meet. I may have a sink full of dirty dishes and a car that still needs a new transmission. Maybe I never actually graduated from college, or overcame my fear of higher math... but Betty can do it all, and she reminds me to keep moving forward, even putting the cart before the horse."
She was a happy chicken. She was a pretty hen. She made me happy, and I will miss her walk, her look-me-in-the eyes frankness. I'll miss pretending she was my co-conspirator.
Not only was she my muse and inspiration, but she was beloved by our family, friends, and really people all over the world. I am so glad I got to see her so affectionately painted, and admired.
She was slowing down, still lovely, still the matriarch of the flock, but definitely not as spry. Chickens don't live forever, but I am happy that she lived well, and that we were able and willing to give her what she needed... even when we had our doubts, or had moments of uncertainty. Our chickens are not a a passing fancy, a hipster's whim. My gratitude for having had her in my life extends to all the blessings I enjoy.
Thank you, Betty.