Sunday, August 5, 2012

Chickens as therapy

This American Life on NPR broadcast a story about a mentally disabled man who lost interest in life, but regained it with a flock of chickens. Many people enjoy the time they spend with their chickens, but in some cases, such as this one, chickens really bring meaning to their lives.

The segment, narrated by the man's sister, Veronica Chater, who has also written a memoir about her family, Waiting for the Apocalypse. As her brother quits his job and withdraws from his other usual activities, family members attempt to determine what's troubling him, without success. His mother, who always wanted to keep chickens, a comment people often make to me, decides to put him in charge of a small backyard flock. Empowered with his responsibilities and stimulated by the sociability of his hens, he emerges from his self-imposed hibernation.

It's a charming story. Thanks, Veronica and Vincent, for sharing it.

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