Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Funnies

...at least from our perspective.

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I've just got to tell you the funniest thing I've seen lately.  It came in the mail a couple weeks ago, from Mom's mom.

You all know that our mom has a strong interest in birds, right?  She loves seeing them and photographing them, learning all she can about them.  In fact, here are a couple shots she took just yesterday:

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Snow Goose, Blue Morph
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Showing us his lovely wings

The Snow Goose was hanging out with some Canada Gooses instead of a huge flock of Snow Geese like they usually do.  (Click here for illustration.)  Interesting.

Anyway, what you might not know is that apparently our mom has always been fascinated with birds  and she wrote a bird book.  It's true.  That's what her mom sent her; Mom wrote it a "few" years ago, and her mom apparently was safe-guarding it for her.  Let's take a look at it, shall we?

Here's the introduction:

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Intro!

Awesome. Strong start, Mom! Oh. Did I mention she was in about 1st grade when she wrote this? Nice writing for a little biped, too!

After the intro, she goes into detailed accounts of several different species. Here's an excerpt from her essay on Robins:

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Everything you need to know about the American Robin

To keep things lively, she added illustrations! This goes with the info on Robins:

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Impressive!

Please note the eggs. I guess since she had said they have three to four eggs, she hid part of that fourth egg behind a branch, so it's like three and a half.  The average.  Good going, Mom!

One of the more lively accounts is that of the Wren.  She doesn't say what kind of Wren, so this must be all Wrens in general.  Take a read:

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Wow.  You'd think Mother Wren would show a little gratitude, wouldn't you?

Fear not! There's an action-packed illustration to go along with it:

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Somewhere up in that tree, Mother Wren is giving Father Wren's efforts the old heave-ho!
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"Brutal, Mother Wren.  Just brutal!"

Yep.  Those are the highlights.  Incredible book, don't you think?  Me?  I'd like to see more.  I'm particularly interested in how Father Wren built a house.  Did he have tiny hammers and saws?  And are those red things flames coming out, as Mother Wren rocketed that thing out of the tree?  I need to know more!  In fact, Mom ought to get the whole thing together and put it on Amazon - make it small, so it could be a pocket field guide or something.  Don't you think?

Getting back to her pix from yesterday, apparently this Canada Goose didn't read Mom's intro:

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Canada Goose

Not only is he missing the aforementioned beak or bill, he's missing his whole HEAD!!!

Have a great Sunday, everyone!  We hope our post made you smile!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

8 comments:

  1. What a great find your Mom's mom made!!! That should be a treasure for Mom to display along with her beautiful bird photos. We do wonder about how Father Wren built that incredible house/nest.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  2. We just love your mom's birdie book! What neat handwriting she had! It sure did make us smile☺ We love the snow gooses wings!

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  3. what a wonderful bit of your childhood to have

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  4. What an amazing childhood treasure. It's interesting to see the budding birder already working.

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  5. OMD...Your Mama could be a best selling bird author AND illustrator for sure!!
    Such a fun post and we are all smiling here!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  6. What a wonderful treasure your mom got from her mom! Love the illustrations!

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  7. Your Mom's Book of Bird facts is the best we've ever read...and the illustrations.....clapping wildly
    Hugs madi and mom

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