I Blame it on the Robin

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whatever happened to spring? The monsoon stopped and summer entered. Monday afternoon the girls and I actually got to be outdoors to enjoy the long lost sun but it was short lived. Why you ask?

It was not the weather that drove us in. Even now, I am not 100% sure as to what but I’m thinking it was the robin. While weedy the fence line my youngest furry child came running to me in fear and this is what I think took place.

”Mouse what is wrong, what has scared you?” I said looking down at my little furry one. Who by now, was trying her best to climb my leg.
”The robin mommy, the robin.”
“The robin, that little bird in the tree with the exorcist like head movements? Why does the robin scare you?”
”She is an evil bird mommy, she said she is friends with the squirrels.”
”The squirrels?” Aloud I giggled but was thrown for a loop. “Bamba and you chase the squirrels, why does this bother you?”
”That is what the evil bird said mommy, we chase the squirrels. I won’t do it anymore, make her go away.” shaking in her paws I could see Mouse was serious.
”Mousie, exactly what did the evil bird tell you?” must get to the bottom of this.
”She said we chase the squirrels, it scares her babies and yesterday when we chased the squirrel it almost dropped its nut on her babies. She is tired of cleaning up squirrel poop every time we scared them, Mommy that bird is evil.”
”Mouse how does protecting her babies make that evil? I do the same for you. Calm down and tell me exactly what the deranged bird said.”
“She said if we did not stop chasing the squirrels she would fill our water bowl with Chamomile and put us to sleep.”
”And… that is not evil.”
”Well, she said while we slept she would pluck all our hair out, build a furred lined nest and then call the squirrels in.”
”She is not going to pluck your hair out. What about the squirrels?”
”They don’t have tails. Mommy, she said squirrels don’t have tails! The robin said squirrels get their tails from bad dogs that chase them. That for years robins have let squirrels eat from the bird feeder to identify bad dogs, then put the bad dogs to sleep, take what fur is needed for their nest and let the squirrels have the rest for their tails. Squirrel wigs Mommy; I don’t want to be a squirrel wig.”

Whether the conversation actually took place or not, I’m not sure; something in the back yard scared my dogs. I can only assume it was the robin and her threat of becoming a squirrel wig.

Happy Hump Day my lovely peeps!


Liz P said, 

You never know about those robins. They look all cute and innocent, but who knows what goes on in those little minds....

The weather can't decide what it wants to be up here in New England. We had some summery warm days, now it's cool and rainy. Fortunately we haven't had too much rain, so I can't complain too much!

May 11, 2011 at 6:57 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Your dogs have a vivid imagination!

May 11, 2011 at 7:36 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

I have both in my garden Squirrels and Robins and I had to smile at your post. Most inmaginative,
Take care.

May 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
N. R. Williams said, 

An antagonistic robin, who would have thought. LOL
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

May 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Kathie @ Like A Box Of Chocolates said, 

That robin quite possibly is evil...I remember birds and squirrels used to chirp aggressively at my dog Sam (back in the day).

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May 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
li said, 

Oh, marvelous story, Jules. Those fat saucy robins, I don't trust them either. They poop-bomb my house and driveway constantly. As for squirrels, they used to tease our dogs by sitting just out of reach in the birch tree and chattering furiously. (Quite the flight of fancy - squirrel wig - made me chuckle.)

May 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Bossy Betty said, 

We do lot have robins around here and I miss them, or I did until I read this post. Hummmm....

May 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Ann said, 

Whatever about the Robin...never trust a squirrel. They have beady eyes.

May 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

Sheesh, can't trust anyone these days.

May 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
floweringmama said, 

Holy robin poop! I never knew they could be so devious.

May 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Michelle Teacress said, 

Don't robins have beady eyes too? What does that say about all beady eyed creatures? Can they all be bad? ;)

May 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Susan Gourley/Kelley said, 

An evil Robin? I hope you don't have any blue jays in your yard. They are really scary. Don't get me started on crows.

May 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM  

I grew up in Michigan and the Robin is the state bird. Guess I took ol' Robin for granted. That pic is the male robin. The female is not as flashy. Eggs are light blue and speckled. Most robins migrate south for the winter, but not all. I'm pulling this all from memory and hope I'm right.

May 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM  
Paula said, 

Havent forgotten you. I agree, one cannot trust anyone these days, and particularly not a robin ;-))))Love from my heart to yours!

May 12, 2011 at 7:02 AM  
Manzanita said, 

I always thought there was something a little weird about those robins. And who wants to be a squirrel wig, anyway!! Poor Mousey. And what can a little dog do?

May 12, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Karen Lange said, 

Squirrel wig - love that! Save that one for when you write a book someday. :)

May 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Robins . . . *shakes head sadly* They just aren't trustworthy.

May 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Julie said, 

So funny, loved imagining this "conversation." Now I'll be looking twice at the robins in the yard when I take my dog out. Cute post!

May 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Skip said, 

Thinking of you!

May 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM  
Katie Gates said, 

Mouse has a wonderful imagination! (She must get it from you.)

May 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM  
Tammy said, 

I believe her. We have evil bunny gangs at our house. And those robin mamas can be mean! They will dive-bomb if you get too close to the nest.

May 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM  
Flying high in the sky.... said, 

beautifully written!!! love coming to your blog!!

May 14, 2011 at 4:46 PM  
RosieC said, 

Hahaha. Poor Mouse! It's a shame she gets so scared from a little bird.

May 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM  
The Words Crafter said, 

I loved this! How clever and sweet and funny :)) Poor little mousie. And doggies!

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May 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM  
Ella said, 

I'm scared; I'm going to bed now and going to dream of squirrel wigs and my beagle begging me not to let him out back. You are a rig!

May 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Talli Roland said, 

I haven't seen a robin for ages! I have seen plenty of squirrels, though.

May 15, 2011 at 2:57 AM  
Jilda said, 

well, there are days my hair does look like a squirrel wig, I don't have any evil robins, but there is a mocking bird that tries to intimidate
me every time I go in the back yard.

May 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

Too funny, Jules!! Not sure if your dogs have the vivid imaginations or you.. ;-) but I love the story either way!

BTW I'm back!!! One of the busiest weeks of my life is overwith today.. then I got interest in my house! YEA!! Prayers that the house sale goes through and this all works out!! :-)

May 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM  
Tracy said, 

Jules...that is too cute! I'm certain our furry friends have comversations with us but at times we are just too inept to understand their masterful thinking :)
hugs to you...

May 16, 2011 at 5:41 AM  
Paula said, 

Thinking of you. Love, Paula

May 16, 2011 at 6:29 AM  
Samantha VĂ©rant said, 

Oh. My. God. I was wondering if your dogs could talk for a minute. Or if you really had furry kids. (could happen??) Very funny!

May 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Car Title Loans said, 

Squirrels terrify me, and robins annoy me. As much as I love their eggs and how cute their babies are- they are evil! Actually, anything that has the ability to poop on you from overhead is evil. I see what Mousie is getting at.

May 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

Ha! The outdoors is teeming with wild beasts.

Seriously, city squirrels are a bit scary. They'll come write up to you and steal a bag of chips, or at least the contents. Seagulls at the beach too. We've got to be careful.

May 17, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
The Blogger Formerly Known As said, 

Oh, I have conversations like that with most of my furry friends. And, robins are such terrifying creatures, aren’t they?

May 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Elliot Grace said, 

...Jules, that was riveting! All from a wandering robin. Goes to show there's a story in everything we see, everything we touch. The story's right there, waiting to be discovered:)

Well done,


May 18, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
nutschell said, 

I totally loved the funny conversation! I'll watch out for evil robins from now on :D

May 20, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

Haven't seen you for a while. Hope you're okay!

That is one great robin picture. I've been noticing the birds more lately. Right now it's stunningly spring in Northern Virginia. We've had SO much rain that has flooded some places a bit, but nothing disastrous; and it has made everything green, green, green--my daughter's favorite color. Things have been looking so drought-y for the past two summers that this feels like paradise. We have to enjoy such things while we can.
Ann Best, Memoir Author

May 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Jayne said, 

No one understood birds like Alfred Hitchcock. You never know. I think your girls might be on to something there. ;)

May 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
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