The One With the Embyos 

Fans of the TV show “Friends” may recognize the title of this post as the title of one of my favorite “Friends” episodes. In this episode from Season 4, one storyline follows Phoebe as she undergoes an embryo implant procedure to become a surrogate mother for her brother and his wife. The other storyline follows Rachel and Monica as they wager their apartment in a trivia game against Chandler and Joey, who would have had to get rid of their chick and duck had they lost.

At the beginning of the episode, we’re told that the chick was undergoing “changes” and becoming a rooster, meaning it was crowing each morning at sunrise, much to the girls’ dismay. At one point, Rachel mentions that she had been up since 5am that day due to “somebody’s dumbass rooster.” 

This episode has come to mind for me several mornings this week because there is a rooster living nearby the condo we are staying at while here in Maui. I was startled awake the first morning by “cock-a-doodle-doo” being crowed over and over as the sun was rising. My first thought was “be quiet you dumbass rooster!” and then I thought of the “Friends” episode and couldn’t help but chuckle. I took the rooster crowing as a sign to get up and enjoyed the sunrise from our balcony. It was beautiful, definitely something to crow about. Since then, I have learned to ignore him. He can crow but I’m staying in bed. 

Here are a couple of photos from our first sunrise in Maui

Could one of these be the culprit? 


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