I’ve often said someone avoiding a difficult situation is “burying his head in the sand.” I recently learned however that ostriches, whose behavior is the origin of the common saying, don’t really bury their heads in the sand to ignore approaching danger. They are likely checking on the safety of their underground nests.
My apologies to ostriches. It’s bad enough that they are awkward looking flightless birds. They shouldn’t be wrongly portrayed as cowards as well. Since the reputation of ostriches has been mistakenly disparaged for far too long, we probably should find a new poster child for procrastination and denial. I nominate the career politician.