Feeling (Pea)Cocky

A few years ago, Jamal and I went to an animal rescue/petting zoo in the middle of nowhere New Jersey. Of course it was in New Jersey. This was before we adopted Fitz, thereby inviting more insanity into our lives than we were prepared for, and we were looking at any and all dog rescues in the area. Oh! How young and naive we were. This particular rescue had just received a large group of beagles who had been taken from a test facility in North Carolina. Let me just tell you that you shouldn’t even go near an animal rescue unless you are prepared to weep over every single animal in every single cage. It’s torture to walk in and not be like, “I’LL TAKE THEM ALL!”

But that’s not the point of the story, the point is that before we even got into the actual building, we realized that the grounds of the park were packed with peacocks. They were everywhere! Heaven for me, since I love peacocks the way I love all other animals, in a full-on Elmyra Duff kind of way: “I’m gonna hug you and squeeze you and love you forever and ever!” I even took a picture with one, so enthused was I:

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Apparently, it wasn’t so heavenly for Jamal. After he snapped this shot, I said, “Okay! Your turn!” and he just stood there, looking at me as though I’d just cuddled a giant hobo. “Your…turn?” I tried again, walking over and taking the camera from him. Once I got closer to him I realized he was staring past me….at the peacock. With a look that could only be described as hate-fear.

“Is something wrong?”

“I don’t like peacocks.”

“WHAT?! How could you not like peacocks?! They’re so beautiful and majestic and colorful!”

“….I got chased by one as a kid.”

“…”

“Stop laughing, it was really scary. I don’t like them.”

I mean, okay. I’m marrying someone who is terrified of one of the least violent and evolutionary harmless birds ever, a bird whose only defense is to open a giant fan tail of royal blue feathers and be like “BACK IT UP I AM TOO PRETTY FOR THIS NONSENSE.” It could be worse. I’m just not sure how we’re going to handle taking a future kiddo to the zoo and not instilling in him/her a lifelong fear of peacocks. “GET AWAY FROM THE KILLER BIRD!” is not really a scenario I want to inflict on my child.

Anyway, he’s clearly in the minority, because peacock themed goodies are everywhere. While it’s unlikely I’ll be able to bring any of these things into my house without potentially triggering a flashback to his traumatizing peacock experience, I couldn’t resist making a round-up.

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1. Candle / 2. Tray / 3. Pillow / 4. Earrings / 5. Scarf / 6. Phone Case
7. Figurine / 8. Painting / 9. Tea set / 10. Rug

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June 6, 2013 / art / photo / design / fashion / vanity / LEAVE A COMMENT / 25

25 comments

  • So can I safely assume you watched Kung Fu Panda 2 where Gary Oldman voiced a white peacock? ;)

    • I’m ashamed to say….no :( But I will now! Somehow I don’t think his hotness will translate through cartoon characters, but what do I know! xo

      • There are videos of the actors recording their lines in the studio. Here’s Gary Oldman’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc74bU6w0tk
        A friend and I agreed that if you are watching Kung Fu Panda 2 for the stars, these videos are great fun to watch.

        Speaking of recommendations, I finally managed to borrow an ebook of French Lessons (which you mentioned some time back) from my library.

  • That is sooooo funny I nearly spat my tea over my keyboard. That’s like saying your scared of koalas.
    Oh and my husband thinks I’m a crackpot because I said I really want to go to China because it looks so pretty in Kung Fu Panda 2. But it does!
    Have you ever seen a white peacock? they’re pretty cool.

    • Yeah I read that the film-makers went to Sichuan to research, and went to the panda reserve.

    • Haha, right?! The least offense creatures ever! Though I’m afraid of elevators so maybe I don’t get a say? I’ve never seen Kung Fu Panda but I have to now! That’s two recommendations! xo

  • I can’t stop laughing!
    I’m doubting Jamal got chased by a peacock. A guinea hen maybe. Nasty suckers!
    Peacocks…reminds me of a joke!

    • Hahaha the punchline of that joke is not appropriate for this blog! :D xo

  • I used to work at a hair salon that peacocks lived at! It was a super small shop in a little town and the peacocks would perch on the salons porch right outside the waiting room window! Of course, this led every client to tell us their peacock story and just so you know – Jamal isn’t the only one that got chased by them as a kid!

    • Haha, that’s amazing! That they hung out at your job, I mean, not that people were also scared of them. I don’t get it at all. Giant dogs? Sure, they can be scary if they chase you. Peacocks?? Headshake. xo

  • I can kind of relate to Jamal – birds are kind of bastards. The only logical reason that we eat chickens is that they’re jerks.

    • Haha that’s so not true! Haven’t you ever seen Chicken Run?? xo

  • This story made my day! Poor Jamal. I guess Yelle proved that they can be chasers, but seriously? And my grandmother had chicken stories that kept her from even EATING them her entire life.

    All that being said, I think you could slip a few of these things past him. Not #9, certainly, but #10 could be considered subtle? Yes? And #s 5&3. In case you really have a need.

    • I’m really partial to #2 and 8, but again, not trying to send him into a panic. ;) I feel bad, I wasn’t trying to make fun of him! I just found the story so interesting, I’d never heard of anyone being afraid of peacocks before! xo

  • My neighbour had peacocks and they were so loud and would fl to the top of the highest building and get stuck, had to be rescued every time. Hilarious story. And that peacock scarf is delicious!

    • Hahah they couldn’t get down?? Oh, peacocks, they are such delightfully weird things. I never knew they were loud! Maybe because the only time I’ve heard them has been at a zoo, and you can’t really hear anything over the cacophony of loud children and other zoo animals. xo

  • Oh no- then this is not the post for Jamal…or are you trying some kind of psychology trick on him to cure him of his fear with this post?
    Love the scarf, tea set and water color.

    • Haha, face your fears! I wish I was that smart, to offer some free therapy to him. The watercolor is one of my favorites, too. xo

  • i once did a post called “feeling nauti(cal)” we are like über twins. i can’t say much about peacocks but i have heard others express a fear of them so i don’t think he’s alone. my moms friends sold their house and moved because their neighbors had peacocks, but i think it was a noise issue. i am in love with that scarf. the painting is so pretty too.

    • Hahah no way!! That’s hilarious, OF COURSE, we’re twins even more than before! Now I need to go back and see your post. I think I’ll love it. So surprised to hear you and Aga (Sneaky Magpie above) mention the noise! I never knew peacocks even had a distinct sound. xo

  • I can relate, although not to the fear of peacocks. I once got chased by a really aggressive swan that ended up nipping me on the ankle. Nasty little devil creatures, I still can’t look them directly in the eye. Tell Jamal he best steer clear of a little island called Lokrum just off the coast of Dubrovnik in Croatia – it’s a whole island full of peacocks and they chase anything that gets too close to them. Now I’m off to go and purchase that beautiful phone cover!

  • haha funny story.. but I can imagine a little boy being terrified by one of those if chased.. anyway,, I do love them too.. cool peacock thingys…the rug and painting are my favorites!

  • What a great story. I hope Jamal didn’t mind you sharing it with us. Well, oops, too late if he did mind. ;) I wondered what would have happened if Jamal just stopped running when the peacock was chasing him. (Not that a child would know to do that.) Would the peacock have dusted him with its feathers? We will never know. Well, I like your roundup. Leave it to you to find such peacock appropriate wares. That painting is kind of fantastic.

  • Funny story! It’s strange to be afraid of something so pretty… but I’m petrified of cats and a lot of people don’t get that so….

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