Every couple of years the scarecrow might get a new shirt and the hat changes from time to time. (Check out earlier post, “Somehow we lost the scarecrow’s hat”.) But the overalls, belt, burlap head and earrings are original. She first appeared on our front porch probably 15 years ago. It’s kind of a lot of work to put her together and I think there were a few years in there she didn’t make an appearance, but it’s a tradition that doesn’t look like it’s going away soon.
There are a few good stories associated with the scarecrow – like the time Bill returned from playing racquet ball early one morning, wearing her shirt. I laughed so hard! (He grabbed it in haste from the laundry room, thinking it was probably his.) And there was the year I got enough grief about the dopey expression on her face I decided to give her a new one. I sewed a new head out of burlap and drew a scary, Stephen King-type face on it. It didn’t go over well at all, and I was told it was absolutely NOT okay to change the original. So I rescued the old one and gave her back her silly personality. And years ago we would often find our neighbor’s wonderful cat, Nuisance, sleeping on her lap, which was awfully cute.
So on this cold October morning, I share with you our scarecrow.