I Know It’s a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird

Dear P,

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Mockingbirds are some of the meanest birds of the animal kingdom. Blue-jays are one of their few equals in spite. The reason mockingbirds imitate noises around them is that they want to intimidate other male mockingbirds. I am reporting this because a mockingbird just flew into my head.

You know which birds are not mean? Passenger Pigeons.

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Passenger pigeons were very friendly, lived in large groups, and benefited many different kinds of tree with their bird-poo. They became extinct because their flocks were so large that they seemed infinite.

Under Texas state law, it is illegal to kill a mockingbird, while we managed to kill off every single passenger pigeon that ever existed. The last one was named Martha and died in 1914.

I don’t know, P. Humankind is just kind of upsetting some days. We fail to appreciate lovely things in large quantities and place value on odd things for mysterious reasons.

Love,

E

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