I know my Humpday stories sound far-fetched, but at the moment, it’s easier to rely on memories than to think up stuff.
After reading Marfi’s Halloween Humpday post and the comments to her post, I recalled a Halloween-type episode that happened when I pulled a gig as a licensed practical nurse at an old folks’ home.
During that time, I worked the night shift. On some warm nights, crows would perch on the roof. I didn’t give this much thought until one night, more said birds than usual sat on the roof. Far from being settled, some flapped their wings as if trying to find a comfortable spot. As though not wishing to overlook any clues that signaled a feathery party would erupt at any second, others seemed quite alert to what their buddies were doing. Though not perched wing to wing, each crow seemed strongly aware of how much space existed between himself and a fellow squatter. The travelers clearly wanted to keep a respectable distance from each other, but not one had any intention of giving up his selected spot.
“What’s gotten into those birds?” I noted the murder emitted a veil of electricity.
Having driven me to the job, JH answered, “They can smell death. Probably one of those old jokers in there is about to become a stiff.”
Despite my attempt to shrug off JH’s version of why the roof became a temporary layover for the crows, the explanation stayed with me. I soon noticed the number of crows on the roof increased if a resident tottered on Death’s threshold. If one or two crows hung about, then nothing out of the ordinary would happen. Four or more crows, however, guaranteed The Grim Reaper would make a pit stop at the nursing home within a week. Eventually, I regarded the connection between crows and Death as a matter of course.
That was some years ago. In accordance to the blessings of the Universe, I no longer work as a nurse in a facility where people no longer remember anything except their hatred for any ethnicity that differs from their own. For all I know, crows may or may not continue to predict death with noteworthy accuracy.