Sacrifice to the Vultures

This ritual evolved by accident.  When we both have worked late, my husband and I like to pick up an organic roast chicken from a local supermarket.  It usually lasts for a few meals.  We don't like to put the carcass in the trash until trash day because it will just reek.  So we seal the bag and put the carcass in the freezer.

Problem is, on trash day we kept forgetting to get it out of the freezer and put it out with the garbage.  One day, we ran out of room in our freezer and the carcasses needed to come out, and it was not trash day.  I can't remember which of us thought of it.  But we decided to put the carcasses down by the woods for some lucky wild animal to get that night.  

But the vultures came instead.  We already get to see some great flying because of the pattern of the thermals they ride often circling through our yard.  It was just a beautiful sight, watching them gracefully and slowly spiral down and land.  We decided, well, this makes more sense than the carcasses going to the land fill.

Then we wanted to share the experience with our friends.  So we would save the carcasses until we had guests.  And everyone would get to see the vultures gliding downward, sometimes roosting in a tree for a while.  The most we ever saw was twelve vultures on a day when the thermals were particularly good.  Usually we see five or six.

We have good friends who visit us every couple of months who love to share this spectacle with us, as we did this past weekend.  We joked about doing this on the day of our wedding.  We imagined timing the thaw out of the chickens for the time of the ceremony.   When the vultures came, I would raise my hands to the sky and wail, "Let them eat!"  We tried to imagine the reaction of our guests, especially the more conservative ones from out of town.

We didn't do it, of course.  We figured it was enough that we had a flamingly gay minister perform the ceremony.

EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
56-60, F
3 Responses Jun 22, 2009

I understand that the carcass can make a nice stock for those together enough to do that. The organizational skills to make chicken stock have ever eluded me. . .

the carcass can make a very nice stock , you know....<br />
we get turkey vultures feasting on our garbage <br />
.. sometimes I squint my eyes and pretend that they're hawks or eagles...

What a great comment! I love the image of people praying at the toilet.