Thursday, November 21, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Freddie Lee takes the tour
Last Monday morning, when I pulled into my parking spot in the alley beside the newspaper building, I was very surprised to see a rooster at the end of the alley pecking away around JB’s garbage bin.
Yes, a rooster. A young, solid white, pretty rooster.
We all know I am a sucker for chickens, roosters, turkeys, etc. My friend Marion has a tom turkey that is spectacular and knows it. Especially when his hens are around, if you go near him, he spreads his tail feathers wide and quite literally struts around for all to admire!
“My” rooster in the alley isn’t quite that pretentious yet, so he just politely ignored me and kept on pecking away.
At 7 a.m. there is no one around to say, “look, there’s a rooster in the alley,” so I whipped my phone out and took his picture (see below). I was pretty sure I’d need proof when I went around saying there was a rooster in the alley.
Turns out I didn’t really need proof. The UPS man saw him all around the square, along with a bunch of other folks.
The way I hear the tale of Freddie Lee (turns out to be his name) -- a couple days before he began haunting the square, Freddie Lee was a hand-fed, spoiled rooster on Jimmye Dale Green’s farm.
Jimmye Dale told his wife Bea, who later told me, that on the way home from the farm, Jimmye Dale was pretty sure he was hearing a chicken! When he got out of his vehicle, lo and behold, Freddie Lee had hitched a ride to town and took off before he could be caught, to see the sights.
The rest of the story is rumor and hearsay, but since Bea told me, I’m going with it all as fact!
Lisa, at the Bank of Holly Springs, was aware from whom Freddie Lee had escaped and had told Jeana at the bank. So when co-worker Jeffrey walked in and said, “There’s a rooster roaming around the square,” Jeana instantly knew who to call.
Friday morning, with a bucket of feed, Jimmye Dale caught Freddie Lee and took him back home.
But how do you keep them on the farm, once they’ve seen the sights of Pareé?
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