Monday, June 12, 2006

The Cardinal Rule

So, we have these hedges in our backyard and this cardinal couple decided to build a nest in one of them. Recently, their babies hatched from their eggs and came into the world of my backyard. I know this because I’ve watched them bring food there periodically.

Today was the first time I noticed the babies flying around on their own, parents close-at-wing, of course.

While sitting on the patio next to the sliding glass door, talking to my brother on the phone, I heard this strange flapping - aside from my own lips - and I realized it was one of the youngsters flying around my head.

I launched into full screaming, waving, and whipping my head around as though I was at a Metallica concert, unfortunately for my brother, whose ear may never be the same again.

Then the Cardinal Dad came flying over to see what the fuss was all about and I thought for sure I was going to have an Alfred Hitchcock moment right there on the spot. But he just scurried the baby off and they flew back to the nest together.

I wonder if the Dad is lecturing the chick on the dangers of talking to strangers out there in the wild blue yonder even as I type. I hope for the baby's sake, it’s not considered a cardinal sin in their household.

But even though the cardinal rule may have been broken, I hope to God my neck will be okay - it hurts already.


Blogger Remy said...

Your post gave me a great chuckle. I hope that your neck is alright and that daddy cardinal does teach baby to leave you alone.

6:05 PM, June 12, 2006  
Blogger OnMyWatch said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it and yes, I am okay but I might have to do an epilogue. we'll see. :)

6:28 PM, June 12, 2006  
Blogger JohnB said...

Maybe they're already convening to change some more doctrine :P

9:02 AM, June 13, 2006  

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