Birds of a feather

by Madeline Laughs
Flock of galah and sparrows

Flock of galah and sparrows (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The old saying “Birds of a feather, flock together” used to be something my grandfather always told me when he thought I was spending time with the wrong sort. Later in life I would hear this saying again about different groups of friends, but in a more comforting light.

According to the Wiktionary this particular saying came about a long time ago.

“The expression appears to have surfaced in the 16th century, allegedly a literal translation of Plato’s Republic. In 1545, William Turner wrote a version of the expression in The Rescuing of Romish Fox: “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.”  

This is what it means:

“People of similar character, background, or taste tend to congregate or associate with one another.”

Birds of a feather do indeed flock together.

Not all flocks are friendly ones.

If you ever find yourself in a group of people where you can’t trust what one or the other tells you, or you feel that each one has an agenda to hurt you, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking you’re being paranoid. There is a very good chance that your base instinct is trying to warn you.

Trust your gut!

Most flocks are friendly, happy little gatherings though. Even if you aren’t a fit for their nest, someone else is, and that someone will be quite happy in a place that probably made you incredibly miserable.

You don’t have to stay in every flock that invites you to join, just as you don’t have to leave one you love. So find a flock and shake your tail feathers and always know that if it doesn’t work out, there are thousands of other flocks that just might.

About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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