"Stack the wood pile, and spread the straw. Butcher the last chicken. Pull the dead tooth from my jaw"
This is the chorus to Wealthy Orphans song Judgement day. But what does it mean you may ask. I would say it means different things to different people. For me these are images culled from the life I live with my family here in downtown Grand Rapids.
I don't tour around the country like most professional musicians. I stay right here in my own city and have a lot of nights at home with my family. On any given night I may be washing dishes, getting kids to clean their rooms, maybe drawing in a sketch book at the dining room table, or I could be butchering a chicken that some neighbor decided they couldn't keep any longer.
Butchering a chicken is a step in the transition from live animal pecking and scratching in the backyard, to food on the table - and eventually body building proteins in the cells of my family and I. To take the life of an animal is always sobering. I do not look forward to it yet I push my self forward into the experience - because even though it is difficult, on the other side is not only the reward of a meal but a meaningful meal. How many times in life have we backed off from the difficult things and lost the reward on the other side? I for one want to keep stepping up to the plate regardless of how hard the pitch.