The Ungrateful Five once part of much larger flock; now reduced to the parents, two siblings and a maiden aunt. They had been added to the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa endangered species list. the Face of Everyman wept when he realized their plight. Was it wrong for the kindly ol’ pensioner to add them to his daily rations and largesse? Had they lost their edge to remain free to forage? Had they reached a population tipping point, or was it all in the natural order of things?
Each year the Face of Everyman hosted the Veterans Day pancake breakfast at the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa. This year the descendants of the WW I Army Corps Carrier Pigeons received special honors. The venerable sage announced that the highlight today would be the wedding of Two to the Nth power grandchildren of the most decorated wartime carrier pigeons. It was his great pleasure to present “Le Vaillant” and the beautiful,“Cher Ami”. Few turned their heads, but a hoarse chorus of “Here, Here” was evident.
When the WW II Vets at the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa VFW Post heard that POTUS wanted to stage a parade down Pennsylvania Ave; they planned to be ready. the Face of Everyman agreed to call cadence. Saturdays, on parade, the recorded drums and horns of the Colonel Bogey March kept everybody more or less in step. They looked good, like a geriatric marching unit should.
Pastor Bob has returned to the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa. His revival tent sits in the meadow and he is eager to bring that old time religion to the good folks hereabouts. Pastor Bob even extended a joyous welcome to the Face of Everyman; known by all to be a Cynic. The venerable sage just might make one of the healing crusades if his knee didn’t get any better.
They were certain that they were walking into an ambush but the lure of cracked corn and millet seed was overpowering. Fresh tracks in the mud of big cats made them wary. The fact that the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa was a UNESCO avian sanctuary never crossed the minds of Tula’, Panther or Boots. All were neighborhood scofflaws and may have done hard time. the Face of Everyman was conducting business on mind-skype and was powerless to aid the naive pigeons if a rumble went down.
The Breakfast Kit posted a few flyers around the statuary and memorials of the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa; hopefully to encourage lonely pigeons to try out for membership in their group. Flyers were effusive; bountiful food and plenty of cover from raptors, friendly rodents. Two new pigeons, seen above, are trying out for a newly created vacancy. the Face of Everyman remained mute as he is often wont to do.