Hey, another day of sunshine. Yeah. What was the old saying, “If it rains on Easter there will be rain every Sunday for 11 weeks.” Sounds like a good forecast to me.
Last year on a quiet February Saturday morning when I was trying to sleep in, I was awakened to a nasty thumping sound coming from my bathroom. It was 7:00 and beginning to get light out, so I got out of bed to investigate. Sitting on a branch of the tree outside my bathroom window was Ohio’s state bird; a very handsome bright red cardinal. He would jump off the branch, fly up to the top of the window and try to fly into my bathroom through the window. (It was not a particularly clean window.) This continued for nearly an hour even though I made lots of noise trying to scare the bird away. I was really hoping he would get a headache and fly off to the woods.
Sunday morning, I decided to get my cat involved in the attempt to scare off the stupid bird. So I put Boots on the window ledge. As you know, from your knowledge of cartoon characters Sylvester and Tweety Bird, were not the best of friends. Boots jumped at the bird a few times but realizing he was not coming in to play, she chose to just sit and watch the show.
This was one determined bird. Every single morning before I left for work he was out there thumping against my window trying to get through. As the daylight got earlier each morning, as it does in the spring, so did the thumping of my bird against my bathroom window. Boots thought it was pretty strange, so she continued to wait to see if the bird would make it into the room. Some mornings, Boots was on the window ledge before the bird started thumping his head.
Of course, I had to talk to my father about my bird problem. Dad wasn’t really feeling his best by this time, but he listened to my story and laughed. “Terry, do you know why they call cardinals red birds?” asked my father. “No, Dad. Why do they call them redbirds?” Pause. “Because they have red feathers, Terry.” Well duh! Dad never lost his sense of humor and he was always one step ahead of us. This still makes me laugh.