The Pigeon Lady

January 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm 2 comments


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It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I could have spent the better part of the morning sleeping in on a holiday like this, but not today. I had to drive somebody to the airport at 4:00 a.m.

By the time I was back home, it was already light. I was no longer in the mood to go back to bed. I had oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast, I took care of the bills while watching President Obama’s second inauguration on TV. I paid what bills could be paid online and wrote checks to pay the rest. I stuffed each check and bill in the corresponding envelope and then headed to the post office to mail them.

The post office is about a mile and a half from where I live. I decided to walk the distance hoping that I’d meet the pigeon lady on the way and take her picture for posterity. Besides, walking is the right thing to do. It isn’t only good for your health, but it’s also good for the environment. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to know it saves gas, which now costs $3.77 a gallon.

The walk to the post office was uneventful. I had my yellow Michigan Wolverines jacket on with the camera in the side pocket. The sky was overcast with promises of rain on the horizon.

At half past eight, although the town was still half asleep, the flock of pigeons on main street were already up and about. I saw them eagerly feasting on pieces of sourdough bread crumbs, courtesy of the pigeon lady.

I was a little disappointed, however, that I missed her. She must be camera shy. She’s Asian and about five-foot tall. She’s in her 70s with deep lines showing on her face. She wears the traditional nón lá conical hat on her head to protect her from the sun. She carries two bundles placed on both ends of a stick resting on her right shoulder. The bundles contain her provisions and a portable cassette recorder. After finishing her route, you could see her at the bus stop talking to herself or listening to Vietnamese songs while waiting for the ride home.

Sometimes I wonder what drives somebody to feed the homeless pigeons as part of her daily routine. It maybe a commendable thing to do, but not everybody in the neighborhood agrees. Some believe that the pigeons are a nuisance and that they should be left alone to fend for themselves. But so far, nobody has filed a formal complaint. The pigeons and their lady still rule.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael  |  September 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Sone might say they were vermin and should be shot …but that would be cruel. Right…

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  September 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      michael:

      i totally agree.

      Reply

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