Why do birds

In the Carpenters’ song “We’ve Only Just Begun”, the first line goes something like, “Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near…”

I got to thinking however, that a slight change in wording can give a whole new meaning to the verse. What if it was “Why do birds subtly appear…”? It even sounds the same but the meaning is completely different.

When I hear the original verse, I see birds popping in out of thin air, like something out of a Disney cartoon. When I imagine my version, the birds are already there, minding their own business. Until, one by one, they begin to sidle up along side you, flapping their wings, whistling, and avoiding eye contact.

It cracks me up!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.