Lessons from a turkey mother

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim emphasizes that every situation in life is a learning opportunity and that we can learn something from every being.  I know.  Most people think turkeys are outright stupid.  But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim points out that there is no such thing as a “dumb animal.”   And in fact, this morning I witnessed an incredible lesson, taught by a very wonderful Jung Suwon-imal, Theresa, the turkey mommy.

Turkey Jung Suwon-imals are great, wonderful mothers.  They teach lessons that stick.

For example, this morning, when I was outside to train, and it was still dark, Momma Theresa was already awake and was gracefully gliding down from the tree where they spend the night.  Jung Suwon-imals have to get up early – they have to find their own food and water and have to do so before it gets too hot.  She started calling her children and soon a bunch of young turkeys had come down from the tree.

Turkeys just came down from tree

Momma turkey and gang called again for a minute, and then when no more turkeys came, Mama turkey took the lead, young ones in the middle, and auntie Tessa led the rear.

Off they went, doing their turkey morning routine.

A minute or two later, little Ferdinand fluttered down from the tree.  He was all by himself, and he was so sad to see that everyone was already gone.  Theresa and Tessa are teaching all the little ones that out there, in nature, you cannot afford to sleep in.  You cannot afford to be late.  One second could be the difference between life and death.

Ferdinand – sad and all alone in the wild

But this is what happens when you oversleep, out in the wild.  So he was left all alone.   He kept making the sound little turkeys make when they need their mommies, and a faint reply came.

Ferdinand, where are you?

I am not sure what they said to each other – I suspect that Theresa told Ferdinand to stay put until they came around again, since little Ferdinand retreated back under the trees.

Sure enough, a few minutes later, Theresa, Tessa and their young appeared again, from the other side, there was more “turkey talk” and Ferdinand ran like crazy to catch up.

Theresa is relieved: Ferdinand is back!

Ferdinand was very lucky this time.  While alone, he could have easily been caught by hungry predators.  Let’s hope he has learned his Jung Suwon-imal lesson, and won’t be lazy anymore, but wake up with the rest of the family and stay with them.

And the lesson for us?  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always reminds us to make the best of each day, use every minute we have, and be disciplined, not lazy.  Don’t be left behind!  Be the warrior!

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3 Comments on “Lessons from a turkey mother”


  1. You have a great deal of wisdom here. Thank you.
    And thank you for following my blog.


  2. This short story would make a good “Don’t be Lazy” eBook for young Jung SuWon warriors!


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