Rare Birds

In grade school, I had a teacher that played a game called Rare Birds with each of her classes. The object was to silently write down three unusual facts about yourself that where not easily guessed. Once everyone was done, the teacher walked around and collected our slips in this ridiculously looking Dr. Seuss hat.

She then would pick one from the hat to read out loud, and we had to guess who we thought the three facts belonged to. After a certain number of wrong guesses, you won the highly prestigious and coveted title of Rare Bird, which included being able to write your name on the chalkboard for the entire school to see.

I’m fairly introverted and don’t like drawing attention to myself, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t win that Rare Bird title every marking period. In true to the phrase, “winning a battle but losing the war”, my name on the chalkboard caused quite a bit of unwanted attention and others hassling me for personal tips to assure their future victory.

My name is Timothy Keith and that is why I’m slightly uncomfortable whenever I see Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat on a bookshelf.