12 September 2009

The Physics Of Flamingos

Have you ever seen flamingos? No, not the Spanish dance, that's flamenco. Flamingos are gregarious wading birds that can be found in many parts of the world and comes in many colors but usually pink. They always gather together in groups.

Flamingos usually stand on one leg, especially when they sleep. They tuck one leg and their heads under their bodies and sleep. Just like that. They stay still and never fall from that position, so you all you see is a huge mass of pink feathers supported by a long thin stick that is the leg.

Mr. B. woke up today and could barely walk. He already felt the pain coming in the last two days but had to go to work. Today, he had to drag himself to the shower and decided not to go to work. I knew he had the problem checked by the doctor a while back but there seems to be no cure for his condition with a name that sounds like a political ideology, except for therapy - hot therapy in the evening, cold therapy when it hurts and lots of stretching.

"You know what the problem is?" I nagged him like a mother would. "Your feet cannot support your body! It is as simple as that!" I actually thought that the idea was funny. Then the vision of flamingos standing on single legs came to mind. "What I don't understand is - how come flamingos can do it and you can't?"

"Well, I am not a bird and I am going back to lie down and sleep." he answered as he limps his way back to bed.

God bless Mr. B.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Becker,
Please help to remind Mr. B to leave everything in the farm everyday before he left the office.
I guess that will help him to decrease the weight and the leg won't be hurt.
(God bless sheep has four legs)

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