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April 12, 2013

The chicken or the egg



Of course, the chicken had to come first. Someone (as in creature) had to be around to take care of the helpless cackleberry. Without the chicken to keep those eggs warm, the hard-shelled oval objects would have lounged around shivering until they finally became smelly and unpleasant. Just like their pastel Easter relatives.

The same can be said of humans.

As some may recall, Adam was created first. In the beginning, bachelor life was great. No responsibilities. Most of the time he was reclining on the grass, gazing in stupefied wonder at clouds. Is it any wonder the fellow became bored and lonely?

Subsequently, he was given a playmate, Eve. She was the one who made sure he took a bath every once in a while, so he would not offend her delicate nasal passages. She also made certain he ate his daily allotment of fruit to stay healthy. But she got carried away with nanny mentality and they were kicked out of their lodgings.

Suddenly the old boy could no longer loll around frolicking with the lions and tigers and bears, or expect Eve to take care of his needs. Adam was forced to become the provider because food was scarce and Eve was busy having babies because there was no birth control back then.

Now if little Cain and Abel had appeared on the scene first, no one would have been around to change their leaves or keep the “friendly” creatures from using them as paw balls. After a few friendly swats from a lion or a bear, Cain and Abel would never have made it to puberty or the great no-love-lost-between-the-brothers episode.

Granted, the accommodations were less than ideal, but Adam and Eve were there to take care of the little cave rats. At least until they outgrew their leaves and had to get bigger ones.

See how logical the whole process is?

Next time someone poses the question to you, just say: The cackleberry is number two.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website:

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