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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Sparrow Tale

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but that is a different tale.(*) Actually it was feeding time. (be sure to click on photos for a good look)

Here is little Junior, head protruding from the right side of this two-family home. Mouth wide open and squeakily chirping up a storm.  "FEED ME!"  Sitting on a perch in the lower right of this photo is Mama. She is studiously ignoring the plaintive mewling of her offspring.

Observing from a safe distance are two older ladies. They are not-too-discretely discussing their shock at the behavior of Mama. "I would never let my baby holler like that!" says the lady on the left. The lady on the right agrees. "Well, I never!! A terrible mother! She should be ashamed."

Ah! Who do we have here? It's Papa. Resting for just a moment, as Mama (extreme left) carries on a non-stop critique of her husband's poor work ethic. "That child has been squawking for at least 5 minutes. Where have you been? Off with Fred and Charlie? Staring at those young chicks that fledged last week? You should be ashamed of yourself. Get back to work and feed our baby!"

"Yes, dear," Papa says meekly. "Okay, Junior, open wide." Papa sighs, as his wife flies off to meet the girls for bunco.

"Chow down, kid," Papa says. "NomNomNomNom," Junior chirps. The ladies on the fence ruffle their feathers and shake their heads in unison.  "The poor man," one says.

And so ends this tale.

(*) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.


mxtodis123 said...

What a wonderful tale. I can just picture them talking...and the two old biddies on the fence remind me of two of my ex-neighbors. LOL!!!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

:-) :-) :-)
I'm pretty sure that this is what was discussed amongst the birds :-)

Have a great day!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Heh heh heh! Love the story!! And the pics are great!


Lon A. said...

This story was really fun to read, for I just love how the story goes along with these photos!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You've got your own personal soap opera going on in your backyard!

Jeanne said...

What a marvelous little tale! No doubt, the same tale is being played out in backyards across the country! :0)

Linda Wildenstein said...

I love your story telling and the proof of photography to back it up. Really it. Oma Linda

Jan said...

Robin, such a darling and funny story. The photos are adorable!

Hugs Dear Friend,

AkasaWolfSong said...

This was just too funny Robin but the funniest part is? It could actually be true! I could see it as I was reading and looking at the shots, lol. I often have these same conversations with the birds in my area...

This My Dear is Priceless!!!

(((Big Hugs)))

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Robin ;o) I am glad you are not on the floor, eating chocolate and looking at a picture of Johnny anymore! LOL! I love this post!!! You made me smile big time! Guess what? Our Robins have nested in the tree, right out our front door ;o) I am going to see if I can take pictures soon ;o) Hugs ;o)

Rue said...

Great story! Mama sure has 'the life!' Where do I find a man that will do all the work?

Super cute view you have there!

Magaly Guerrero said...

You weave and illustrate the words, yum!

I love the dialogue, so real lol

Ashling said...

LOL! Thanks for letting the rest of us in on the discussion!

Kallan said...

Best Sparrow Tale EVER!


Wendy S. said...

Love the whole storyboard! You have a gift of understanding what your animal friends are saying.

oldgreymare said...

lol you're losin' it girl.. funny, I do the same thing when I people watch- make up scenarios..drives my kids batty, or maybe I'm batty?