The Moment of Birth (Ab Ovo)

These eggs show some apparently miniature chicks in the process of bursting through their shells:

two chicks

They thus represent the transition from purely abstract, as the eggs in my last post, to cute.  I’m not sure exactly why, but they even seem to be smiling–very optimistic and upbeat as they enter their new world, wings flapping joyfully.

This set of sort-of-humanized chicks makes me wonder if a representation of the moment of birth would be less acceptable in a condiment set for the dinner table if it represented a birth more exactly just plain human?  A mother and infant-in-the-process-of-being-born salt and pepper shaker set?  Could such a thing exist?  If it did, would you want to shake salt and pepper from it?

Published by pernodel

Children’s literature critic and author of books for children

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