Counting chickens

These hatched - and then someone had the great idea to color them, pic: (c) Tina Baumgartner

If you are (over)confidentially proclaim that you will win 27 million dollars in tonight’s lottery and then start planning  in detail about what you are going to do with all those riches coming your way then you might hear a good old expression in response:

“Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched”

The saying means, that you can certainly hope for an event in the future, but you cannot possible know what is going to happen and therefore shouldn’t count on it.

The whole thing is going back to – you guessed it – farming, to chickens hatching from eggs.  Not being a great chicken raiser myself I can only say that much: generally you end up with less chickens than you started out with eggs.  Who knows what happens, some might be not healthy, some eggs might never have been fertilized, or others get trampled on by somebody.

So assuming that 12 eggs will yield you 12 chickens is overly optimistic, just as spending the money from the lottery you expect to win tonight is also a wee bit too sanguine.


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