Friday, April 19, 2013

Quincy the Querulous Quetzal

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

 The ABCs of Behavior and Emotions

Quincy the Querulous Quetzal

You know the kind of quetzal that argues and objects and just plain refuses to compromise, give in, or even agree that someone else might be right? Of course you do.

That was Quincy's nature. Polly the Peaceful Parrot might say something like, "Nice day, isn't it?"

Quincy would say, "Not really. The sun hurts my eyes and it's way too hot."

Or if someone like Aaron the Angry Alligator slapped his tail and snapped, "I hate it here. The sun's too hot and the water is disgusting," Quincy would respond, "It's actually quite lovely here. You don't know what you're talking about."

If Beatrice told him he looked especially nice today, Quincy would complain he couldn't do a thing with his feathers and his beak was peeling. And that ornery opossum I haven't told you about yet could run up and tell Quincy the sky was falling, and Quincy would stand out in the open in total denial and say, "Is not, is not, is not," until the sky fell on his head and mashed him flat.

The sky never did fall, but a big limb did. A kind owl hooted the warning, but Quincy never knew what hit him. I'm sure he was still mumbling, "Is not, is not, is not," until the last second.


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Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - First, I am impressed with the way you've woven other characters into this story. And you're right. Being too querulous can get you into trouble! Oh, and I'm impressed with your handling of 'Q.'


Cleverly written and a great "q" post.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

People like that usually get what they deserve.

myriteofpassage said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds disturbingly familiar :) Thanks for sharing, Patricia. BTW, my husband and I will be visiting Colorado in August; I'm so excited. -Belinda [A - Z participant; please drop by]

lizy-expat-writer said...

Querulous = pain in the backside in my book, and I 've come across a few!

J. Lenni Dorner said...

Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !

Great post! Reminds me of something I read in Highlights for Children years ago. I love it.