On Easter Sunday, Jeremy and I sent my mom and little brother out to the Christian Quarter of the Old City. They were pretty sure they could get around by themselves (we had gone with them several times so they knew the way).
A few hours later, they came home. As they walked in the door, I heard a chirping sound coming from my brother’s hands, which were wrapped around something. I thought it was some kind of a toy that Steven had bought. But no – it was a real, live chick, and bright yellow. I couldn’t believe it. It was so cute and fuzzy, but I was afraid to bond with it because I knew we couldn’t keep it. Steven had named it "Chirp," and for good reason: it was chirping wildly and seemed very flustered. Jeremy took it and wrapped it in a warm towel and gave it some water to drink. It calmed down and rested for a while.
It turns out that in the Old City, mom and Steven had passed vendors selling baby chicks dyed all different colors, in celebration of the Easter holiday. Steven wanted to buy one, with the intention of giving it to another little kid. My mom gave him 50 lira (about one dollar) for this purpose, but it turns out the chick only cost 15 lira (about 30 cents)! But before he could give it away to any of the eager children in the neighborhood, they wandered a little and got lost, and then just came straight home.
But what to do with the chick? I knew we couldn’t keep it. I washed my hands of its fate and delegated that responsibility to Steven and Jeremy. They went outside, intending to give it to the barber’s kids (his shop is just downstairs from us). They weren’t out. So he walked to the main road, looking for a deserving candidate. A kid on a bicycle stopped to see what was going on (two foreigners holding a wildly chirping baby chick was attracting attention). Jeremy asked him if he wanted it, and he said yes. So he handed it over, still wrapped in its towel, and the kid rode off, happy as could be.
We hope the chick had a good home, for at least a few days.