Me and Chicken Little

Sometimes I’m just like Chicken Little, the annoying little chicken who ran around saying, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

Watch the first few seconds, and you’ll understand.

I tend to expect the worst. A phone call from an unknown number might mean a family member’s gone to jail. An official-looking envelope could be alerting us we’re the victims of identify theft.

You just never know.

The other day our son Thomas said, “Bye, I’m going to Brittany’s.”

An hour later Brittany, his girlfriend, called–crying so hard she couldn’t talk. My heart flip-flopped.”Brittany? Honey? What’s the matter?”

No words. Only muffled sounds.

I chewed my lip and paced the den. “What is it? Say something. Are y’all okay?”

“Miss Julie, Thomas wanted me to call you…”

Why can’t he can’t talk? I assembled the clues and came up with the most likely scenario. There’s been a wreck. The ambulance  is probably on the way.

The sky is falling!

Then I realized Brittany wasn’t crying.

She was laughing. “Thomas says to tell you we’re coming over. He’s rescued a rooster.”

I imagined my son’s midsection bleeding from wrestling a wild chicken. “Did it spur him? Roosters can be–”

“Oh, no ma’am. He’s fine. We’ll be there in five minutes.”

Here’s the rescue squad. We welcomed Ernie, a fine-looking Rhode Island Red, to his new home.

The truth is, I have received heart-stopping phone calls from my teenagers (middle of the night calls are the worst!), and discovered scary letters in the mailbox, and a couple of family members have done jail time.

But Chicken Little was wrong that day. The sky wasn’t falling.

So early this morning, as Ernie crowed, I resolved to change.

Whatever comes my way, I’m going to smile, expecting only the best.


Julie–Chicken Little no more!


  1. oh my goodness! I feel exactly the same way …it’s exhausting isn’t it???
    I’m working on it too Julie…chicken-little-no-more.

    • Yes, Robin, and doesn’t the movie clip show it soooooo beautifully! And help us Chicken Littles see how we can sometimes be. 🙂

  2. Lindsey says:

    Love this blog!! I was the same way at the start of my pregnancy, expecting the worse out of every visit or every weird feeling. Thinking I was about to get bad news when the doctor called.Then I realized I just have to let go, enjoy this and get positive! Your blog is always so encouraging 🙂

    • Ohhh, yeah, Lindsey. I’d forgotten about that–being pregnant and the whole Chicken Little thinking!!! So glad we can laugh about it, and thank you for reading and commenting. Makes me smile.

  3. I used to be that way but with good reason. I have been a worrier all my life til I learned that it does absolutely NO GOOD at all. XO, Pinky

  4. Amen, Pinky!! And you know what, since my word for the year is Surrender, now I’m really catching myself when I become Chicken Little. She wears me out! No More Chicken Little!~!


  5. There is a poignant life lesson here…..but frankly, I cracked up. A ROOSTER? Really????

  6. Kellie, I’m so glad you laughed. I thought it was hilarious too. Yep, a rooster. Maybe Ernie the rooster will scare away silly Chicken Little for good!


  7. LOL – I love it! A rescued rooster. Julie, I never know what to expect from you!

  8. Thanks, Ane. This one was soooo fun to write!!! Love you, friend. Glad I’m full of surprises. You are too!

  9. Brenda Greene says:

    Cute Rooster story, Julie!

    Humbled to have married a ‘chicken little’…keeps me on the lookout for uplifting and positive things to share with him!!

    Got a cute Rooster story myself: Many years ago at hubby’s place of employment, a rooster had escaped from a nearby chicken processing plant and was wandering around in the parking lot. We awoke to the sound of a rooster’s crow in our back yard a few days later, he recognized it as the one from the parking lot. It appears the rooster had “roosted” on the axle of his truck and ridden home with him. Our girls named him “Axle” and he scratched around in our yard for several days, until one day we realized he was gone. Yep, hubby was working early morning shift and Axle had again roosted on the truck axle and ridden back with him! Said he had to laugh when he saw him come out from under his truck!

    You keep us laughing Julie. Thank you!

    • Loved reading your Axle story, Brenda!! Thanks for telling it, and understanding my goofy sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at yourself…. 🙂 xoxoxo

  10. Love Chicken Little…love the wild rooster. What will happen next? All good fodder for those novels you write!

    • You’re right, B.J. Ernie would work nicely in my novel. Great idea! I’ll see how I might squeze him in.

  11. Alisha Mason says:

    I loved this Julie! I had a good laugh – at the both of us! 🙂 The phone has rang before and I have jumped and walked towards it…uneasy? Why? I’m not a scared person, I just get irrational ideas sometimes. In a “real” crisis I’m calm…crazy. Thanks for sharing another great story. We are not alone. Ha! Love ya.

    • Love you too, Alisha. No, I’m not a “scared” person either. Maybe we just have unusually wild imaginations, that can sometimes cause a lot of drama! Thanks for reading, my friend. 🙂

  12. Lisa Granholm says:

    Julie…I should send this to my Mom…I’m not sure she’s as self-aware of you though! LOL! She definitely always sees the glass half empty and looks for the worst case scenario. I wish I could get her to see things more positively sometimes!

  13. Yeah, Lisa, my word for the year is SURRENDER, and it’s been kicking my tail. Surrender, I guess, means everything. Including my attitude, my pesky worries. All of it!!

    Thank you so much for reading and blessings to you and your mom. xoxoxoxo

  14. mary adcock says:

    A good friend of mine told me to read this! I am so thankful that I did. You are describing me to a tee! I always fear the worst. Always scared of a phone call with bad news! Heck, I worry about worrying, if that is possible. I truly enjoyed this & am going to try my best to do better and not be Chicken Little. Thanks again for sharing this! 🙂

  15. You’re so welcome, Mary. I think it helps if we can laugh at “ourselves” and recognize our behavior in Chicken Little. Thank you for reading and keep coming back. Sounds like we have a lot in common! 🙂


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