Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's Scarecrow time





For some reason this time of year, people feel the need to decorate their homes with scarecrows. Isn’t this the wrong time of year to put out a scarecrow? And why are you trying to keep crows out of your house? I guess it has something to do with the fall theme and it goes along with the Indian corn and pumpkins. Maybe people are just bringing the entire garden indoors to keep reminding them of summer as the weather turns colder. I really don’t know. This time of year though I do think of a scarecrow I once made.


Back when I was young and growing up in Florida, I always had a garden. One particular year, I decided to put up a scarecrow. It wasn’t that we had crows in the garden. I just wanted to have one. So I went onto my closet and got out some old clothes. Then I sewed the shirt to the pants and stuffed them with straw. Next I got some paper and masking tape and formed a head. I drew on eyes with a magic marker and then put a hat on the head. I found some old gloves to make hands. When I put it all together, I have to say that it looked great. In fact from a distance it looked like a real person. I didn’t have a pole to prop it up, so I attached it to the fence at the back of our yard. So just imagine, this lifelike scarecrow leaning against the fence behind my garden. After I put it out, I left for the day.

When I got home, later that day, my mother was home from work. I could tell something was up because she was pacing back and forth and had all the curtains in the back of the house shut. I asked her what was up and she told me there was a peeping Tom in the back yard. I had forgotten about the scarecrow so I went with her to the back window to see this guy. On the way to the back porch she said; “The nerve of that guy. He is just standing there staring at the house”.” I am going to call the police” When I looked out the window I asked where he was. She said; “Right there, in the back of your garden. ” I burst out laughing and told her it was my scarecrow. She kept insisting it was a real person so I went out and walked up to it to show her. She said it gave her the creeps and she made me take it down. I ended up sitting him in a chair where she couldn’t see him.
I have another scarecrow story but I felt it best not to post it here.
So who remembers what the first thing the scarecrow said after the wizard gave him a brain? Just wondering if there are any other W.O.O. fans out there?

Have a great fall day,
Greg

17 comments:

Daisy said...

"I got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?"

Angie said...

Gotta laugh at that! I don't have a scarecrow, but I think I'll get one and name it Greg.

Chatty Kelly said...

Well, I could google the answer to your question...but that would be cheating. I believe he told the square root of some number.

My 9 yr old just recently asked me why people put scare crows out in the fall, and shouldn't they be a spring decoration because of gardening. Smart kid, that gal. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. LOL!!!!!

Loved your story.

Monogram Queen said...

That.Is.HILARIOUS!!!!!

I have never mad e scarecrow. I was thinking about making one of the "mooning ones" with pumpkins.. maybe.

Celticspirit said...

That is funny but still....your poor Mom! I love the Wizard of Oz. When I was a kid it seemed to be on once a year and I'd always watch it. Russell is always telling me I need to go to OZ and get some patience from the wizard! Wish I could.

~*Liz*~ said...

The flying monkeys scare me.

~Liz
www.AGiveawayADay.blogspot.com

Scarlet said...

LOL - I love your scarecrow story!! It makes me want to lean one up against my fence and fool my family, friends, trash man, the dog... ;)

Marina said...

these is a really good story your poor mom LOL!!! I well tell these one to my husband he well laugh ")

I have to agree with chatty kelly I think he did say the "sqrare root of something" , marina

Em said...

Very funny. And yes, I think it was some math thing...that square root answer sounds good to me.

Janice Thomson said...

Too funny! What a great tale Greg!

Sandy said...

This was so funny, your poor mother being afraid ....well I'm not laughing at her, with her...so to speak, hahaha.

I have NO IDEA what the scarecrow first said....

Ruth D~ said...

What a riot! No wonder you never forgot that story. wonder what the cops would have thought, had they been called.

Patrice said...

First, my dearest BFF, don't be mean, it's just a little peppermint mocha!! Behave yourself!!

Loved the story a few years back I made a scarecrow and put her on my back porch on the swing. One morning I walked into the kitchen and almost had a heart attack because I thought someone was sitting on my back porch!

I am almost postive the scarecrow knew the square root of a triangle or some other shape, I can't quite remember!

Greg C said...

Ok here is what the scarecrow said:

The square of the hypotenuse of an isosceles triangle is equal to the sum of the square of the other two sides. (AKA the Pythagorean theorem for us math nerds):)

Stay tuned for mor on the Wizard of Oz tomorrow. It may surprise you.

Greg C said...

That's more not mor

GS said...

The scarecrow said:
The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the third side...Interesting since this is wrong for two reasons...The Pythagorean theorem only works for right triangles and...It should be the sum of the "squares", not "square roots"... Poor old scarecrow only received half a brain :)

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