Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Cardinal

“Come and see this,” John called out to me this morning. I went rushing upstairs to find out what he was looking at and he pointed out a male cardinal sitting on the back porch. For a split second I thought the bird was real—then I burst out laughing.
When I was at Dollarama with Mary a couple of days ago, I bought the cardinal for John as a joke since he always asks me if I got him anything while I was out. (Apparently that twelve-year-old boy that lives inside him is good to go for 2008).

This practical joke reminded me of a story I read about Vita Sackville-West, the English poet, novelist and gardener. Vita was renowned for her fabulous gardens at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, and her mother Victoria was jealous of her daughter’s success. One day during the 1920s Victoria invited Vita for lunch. As Vita walked up the path to her mother’s front door, she noticed flowers everywhere. It didn’t take a gardener to recognize they were all fake, and some of them even had black velvet petals embellished with rhinestones!


Godelieve said...

Hehe, you fooled me too ;)

Debbie Olson said...

I was sitting here thinking, "What an amazing shot!" Then I read your post. :-D Good one!

Carmi said...

Thats so good....I am going to try the same joke on Paul. He saw a red fox today and didn't have his camera.....hmmmmmmm must find plastic fox!

MaryA said...

Oh, too funny. Now I wished I had picked one up.