Here’s the story. For the last few days, the chicklets have been giving Mimmi wedding gifts. So far she has received portraits, drawn with crayons, flowers, wing-made potholders a vase made from clay and hardened by the sun, two blue bottles for her window sill and a head band with tiny red hearts. Today, Rene offered his gift. Mimmi chirped, “thank you,” and preceded to open the present. She gasped, and her eyes immediately filled with tears, when she looked down and saw Rene’s gnawed spoon laying in the open box. Barely able to peep, so overcome with emotion, she looked at Rene, who was staring at her, hoping for a smile, and chirped, “My darling chicklet, your heart is so filled with love. She sniffed and wiped at her eyes with her wing. You have sacrificed so much, in order to give this perfect gift to me. I accept it with all my heart, little chicklet.”
Rene, peeped and chirped, even thought his heart was breaking. He flapped his wings and tried to look happy. The other chicklets were horrified and all holding their breath. They were shocked to see the spoon surrounded by tissue paper. No one knew what to say…so they said nothing at all.
Mimmi thought for a moment and then said, “Rene, this is a lovely gift and I will cherish it for my entire life, as I will all of my wonderful gifts, but this is a very valuable spoon. I’m not sure it will be safe in my home, when I’m not there. Rene started to flutter his wings. “I know this is asking a lot but do you think you might take charge of the spoon until I need it? I would appreciate it more than I can ever say. I know how busy you are but if you could watch over the spoon it would make me so very, very happy. It’s a big job, because I probably won’t use the spoon very often, so you’ll have to care for it most of the time.”
Rene was overwhelmed with joy. Once he was able to peep, “YES,” all of the other chicklets let out their breath and relaxed. Mimmi thanked him again and the chicklets all gathered around Rene and rubbed beaks with him. They wanted to show him that they knew what he had done and they wanted to let him know they all loved him.
Rene is now in charge of the spoon’s safety and he takes his job seriously. He knows that the spoon no longer belongs to him, even thought it feels as if it does. Everyone at The Coop knows about Rene’s sacrifice, love and selflessness. The adorable and kind chicklet gave the thing he loved most to someone else, just to show how much he cared. Mimmi said that she is rewriting her vows and basing them on Rene and his loving generosity.