A Lesson From Susie By Doug Fincher

November 6, 2022 - When I was six years old, my grandmother (“Mama”) gave me a baby chick for my birthday. From the day I got her, I hand fed her…oatmeal, grain…and later grasshoppers, crickets, worms…she liked it all. And my little chicken began following me wherever I went. I named her “Susie”.

When she looked old enough to start laying, I decided to help her by building her a nest in the sage grass behind the house. I used one of Mama’s egg sized gourds for a nest egg. I put her on the nest, placed the nest “gourd” under her, and waited. She seemed to understand my plan and would sit on the nest for long periods of time. But she’d never lay an egg. Early one morning I heard a flapping of wings outside my window and I learned why. My little hen was crowing for the first time.

All my life, I’ve heard affluent, educated, people say, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” It always brings starry-eyed smiles of exhilaration to those who hear it. But the problem with this old adage is the fact that it's not true.

We are all limited by our individual God-given talents. And we can’t do anything we set our mind to.

If you don’t believe it, just ask Susie!