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Garret Mott
26-Jun-2020, 03:58 PM
Last will and testament
"I am not a hero. That’s an overused word. I spoke my own truth. I did what came naturally to me. Many things change but the essential things do not.The sun sets. The sun rises. Shaking my wattles, raising my head, I had to greet the morning. I could never resist, and why should I have? I had to crow. This was my particular joy, my particular thing. Each of us has one. Honor it.
I am sorry to have caused a fuss. I never wanted to annoy anyone. Those neighbors from Limoges, with their busy city lives, I know they wanted their peace. They had been saving for their summer vacation. Perhaps what they missed is that a sound, like my crowing or a ship’s foghorn or a train whistle, may form part of the peace of a place.
A little more patience, a little less agitation, never did any harm. I never went anywhere, and I was happy. There’s more to a coop than meets the eye. There’s more to any place if you look long enough.
I was content to have three hens as companions. They kept me busy. Contentment, for me, was being attuned to the rhythms and cycles of life. The chicken and the egg.
This is a strange season to be ending my days on this small planet. Human beings, so restless, seem fearful. I hear there is a virus. I am not sure exactly what the virus is. I think the virus is many things. It always lurks, and it will pass, and some other scourge will appear. Keep your eye on the sunrise.
My countrymen are angry. What else is new? It’s always too much or too little in France but, my God, what a country of boundless pleasures! Bastille Day is coming along. Off with their heads, out with the old, in with the new! We French are revolution specialists. The world needs a good revolution now and then.
Even if everything changes so that everything can stay the same. Cultivate your garden. That never disappoints.
I will miss Corinne. I will miss strutting about. I will miss puffing out my plumage and making heads turn (yes, I admit it, I noticed that). I will miss emptying my lungs in the dawn, such a perfect feeling. I will miss the little familiar sounds that offer comfort.
I bequeath the 1,000 euros the judge awarded me to the establishment of an online (yes!) audio museum of rural sounds. Lest this hectic world forget.
May peace spread across the earth, but please do not confuse peace with silence.
Maurice the Rooster

"The crowing coq from Oléron, a small island off France’s western coast, became a national hero last year when he and his owner were sued by second-home neighbors who wanted Maurice removed for making too much noise and waking them up on their vacation.
A great French fight pitting rural tradition and terroir (that ineffable mix of soil, sun and moisture that define a place and a person’s immemorial connection to it) against tourism and modernity was engaged.
This was a case of deep France versus globalization, heritage versus holidays, the rooted chicken owner versus the rootless urban dweller, a parable of our times. A cockerel in a culture war is a formidable thing."


About 140,000 people signed a petition (https://www.thelocal.fr/20190905/maurice-the-cockerel-to-learn-his-fate-in-row-over-noise-in-rural-france) supporting a rooster’s right to make a noise. (The crowing Gallic coq is of course an eternal symbol of France.) Last September, a judge ruled in Maurice’s favor (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/world/europe/france-maurice-rooster.html)and his lawyer, Julien Papineau, pronounced a great truth: “This rooster was not being unbearable. He was just being himself.”
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Samuel Pizarro
26-Jun-2020, 04:38 PM
Hehehehe. Thanks for that!

Garret Mott
26-Jun-2020, 05:59 PM
You're welcome! While it's sad Maurice passed (we all do after all), the rest of it was pretty darn good I thought.

chuckatkinson
27-Jun-2020, 08:56 AM
Good one !

danwalsh46
27-Jun-2020, 09:00 AM
Thanks, Garret.

Michael Mullan
27-Jun-2020, 10:35 AM
You had me worried for a second there with that title though...

Garret Mott
27-Jun-2020, 10:39 AM
Sorry! While things haven't been great - they're not that bad! I changed the title in my first post, but it doesn't seem to change the thread title.

Stephen W. Meeley
27-Jun-2020, 11:05 AM
Changed

Garret Mott
27-Jun-2020, 04:07 PM
Thanks!