A Good Egg – How to Find your GOOD EGG!
What is a Good Egg? It’s almost Easter, so is an Easter Egg considered a Good Egg? Easter does make me think about Easter Eggs, which in turn reminds me of my childhood. Of course, the Easter Bunny always came to my house leaving all sorts of fattening and tooth decaying chocolate and candy treats, chocolate eggs amongst them. However, when I think about eggs, more specifically I remember picking eggs with my father.
I grew up on a farm, and at one time my father was in the egg-producing business. We had a chicken barn with 10,000 chickens—NO EXAGGERATION FOLKS—and that meant that the 10,000 chickens laid about 9,900 eggs every day of the year. Can you imagine picking close to ten thousand eggs a day? Well, we did.
Every summer I had a job picking eggs with my father, and every weekend during the school year, I was at the chicken barn working away with my dad. I actually loved picking eggs! I used to walk down the aisle and talk to all the chickens, listening to their clucks and imagine that they were talking back to me. Mainly, I liked picking eggs because it meant quality time with my dad; plus, he paid me. Money has always been one of the driving forces in my life, as I have always loved the art I call ‘shopping’. Chickens do not take a vacation from laying eggs, so there was always work to do, eggs to pick, and money for little Janell to make!
As a consumer, you have probably never thought very much about egg production. All you look for is the size of the egg, or the color of the egg, or if it is organic or comes from Free Range chickens. There are many eggs to choose from when you go to buy your eggs, and I am sure that you have never thought about it much more than that. However, in the egg producing world, there actually is such a thing as a good egg.
Not all eggs start out the same, not all eggs are created equal, and not every egg is a good egg…
Other than the small, medium or large sizes of the eggs that we have to choose from at the grocery stores (and FYI brown eggs come from brown chickens – duh if you didn’t know that), I want to let you know that eggs are as different and unique as people. Some eggs are born without a hard shell, they have just their embryo of a soft shell and obviously are not for sale. Younger chickens sometimes lay eggs that are very tiny, smaller than the size of your thumb. And some chickens have multiple births, laying double and triple yolkers. Of course, there are some eggs that come into the world in a traumatic way, and they are covered in blood or in feces.
Picking eggs was always an exciting adventure for a young child, as my father turned egg-picking into a game. I would pick eggs and be on the hunt to find all of the peewee eggs, and the double and triple yolkers, separating them into a special container and leering over my loot of misshaped eggs each day. My dad was smart to turn this into a game for me, as these eggs had to be separated from the rest, since they were not saleable.
We didn’t waste these eggs, we took them home and ate them. And, as you can see from the picture below, my mom didn’t waste these eggs either, as she painted beautiful paintings on many of these eggs, making Easter Egg gifts for her friends and family. My basket of my mom’s homemade Easter Eggs is one that I treasure and proudly keep out on display all year round.
I have to wonder—now that you know more about eggs, likely more than you ever wanted to know—do you think that this is where the expression ‘He’s a Good Egg, or She’s a Good Egg’ came from? Has that expression evolved due to the uniqueness of eggs in the wild, and the quest to find the perfect ones?
Good Egg Expression
A few weeks ago, I was at a party in Hollywood and I ran into a guy I hadn’t seen in a while. His boyfriend had died 3 years prior and I hadn’t seen him since his boyfriend had passed. I felt it was still appropriate to give my condolences and asked if he was doing okay, wondering if he was healing from the loss. He went on to tell me that it had been a very painful period for him, but that in the last six months he had met a new man and he was once again in love. He told me that even though he could never replace his boyfriend, this new man had brought a new light and a different love into his heart.
So, I asked him—in the crazy world of Hollywood, and more specifically dating in the Gay world of West Hollywood—how it was that he knew that this new man was the one for him. He turned to me and he said: “He’s a Good Egg.”
I kind of laughed when he said it, as, the expression ‘a good egg’ is rather old-fashioned and not a hip Weho or Hollywood phrase you normally hear used as a term of endearment. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines someone who is a ‘good egg’ as a person who possesses a ‘favorable character’ or ‘conforms to the moral order of the universe’, basically, it equates to goodness. So, I asked him what qualities his new man possessed that made him decide that his new love was a ‘good egg’.
He told me that he was the kindest, most loving man he had ever met. He said he knew that he would never hurt him and that he trusted him implicitly. He told me that a calmness came over him in every aspect of his life with this new man and that he had a sense of serenity and peace. He said, that it just felt easy. It just felt right. There was no drama, it was just… right.
I was happy I ran into him knowing that he had found happiness and true love again, thus renewing my faith that I would ultimately find my ‘good egg’ of a match in a man.
Finding my Good Egg
As I have dated my share of ‘bad eggs’ in my life, and definitely had relationships with some ‘bad eggs’ that turned out to be ‘rotten eggs’, I have begun to tread the dating waters carefully. I know what I don’t want and I look for signs and smells of ‘rotten eggs’ right from the get-go. I am no longer afraid to throw out the ‘bad eggs’ or even worry about finding a good egg, I just think that eventually—like the magic of the Easter Bunny—that a good egg, the right egg, and the perfect egg for me will show up in my basket and be mine.
I have learned in life, it is best to just be happy with whom you are and where you are in your life, and when you are the happiest and the best version of YOU, then you attract the right energy to you. It is almost as if the universe is saying ‘Okay Princess, your crown is no longer slipping, it is sitting on straight and pointing in the right direction, you are now ready for your handsome Prince to come in.’
So, I am patiently waiting for my GOOD EGG to come in. In the mean time I enjoy every day, I make the best out of everything and have fun with my friends. Life is too short to spend time worrying about something that will ultimately happen when it is supposed to. You can’t force anything, you just can’t.
What will my good egg look like?
I am not sure what my Good Egg will look like, but if I can make one wish, it would be that he would be like my father: Kind, funny, smart, honest, giving, handsome, loving, full of life, and… so in love with ME!!!
I was lucky to have a great dad and a wonderful family. Believe me, every day I give thanks to the Universe for them. I learned a lot from my father, hard work being one of them. Integrity being another. And thanks to the loving home I grew up in and being surrounded with loving friends in my life in Los Angeles, I am no longer dealing with cracked-eggs, or scrambled eggs, or hard-boiled eggs, or expired eggs… I am waiting for a good egg.
So, the moral of this Good Egg story is…
- Eggs come in a variety of sizes and colors, yet they all have the same nutritional value, so don’t be afraid to give a different or new egg a chance, you might like it!
- Always look for the good eggs that are around you and embrace them, leave the others behind because they will weigh you down. Plus, they might stink!
- Hard work can be fun, it’s how you look at it. Become an expert at playing your own game of life.
- And when in Hollywood, remember:
- There are many cracked eggs, and some are actually on CRACK.
- If an egg appears to be scrambled, the BRAIN INJURY often resulting from drug or alcohol abuse, makes the chance of you fixing and putting that egg back together highly improbable.
- If you encounter a hard-boiled egg, realize the STUBBORN or OPINIONATED mind-set of the hard-boiled egg is most likely set. It can’t be rendered liquid again.
- And if you encounter an expired-egg, you are likely a gold-digger pulling an Anna Nicole Smith. I hope the prize is worth the price you pay.
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