I'm living a Halloween spooky story.
For the last 3 days, a mockingbird has been perching on the burglar bars across our dining room window and pecking at the glass. Tap. Tap. Tap. Kinda like Poe's tell-tale heart.
This morning, the tapping grew louder. When I went to see if he was doing anything differently, he wasn't at the dining room window but the tapping was still being pounded out. I followed the sound, and there he was -- sitting on the outdoor kitchen window sill, tapping away. He took off when he saw me.
Have I ever mentioned that Moogie's Mansion is home to at least two ghosts? Yeah. It's a long story that I'll share someday, but we like our ghosts -- they protect us. Usually.
Anyway, it hit me.
That bird must carry the spirit of someone who lived here long ago and might have a connection to get in. Someone who really wants to come inside. Someone who has a blue jay companion.
Well, now I'm bound and determined that Mr. Mockingbird must stay outside at all costs. My Mama (who was just a titch superstitious) taught me long ago that a bird in the house is an omen portending a death in the family. And the blue jay has long been known as a servant of the devil. Put the two together, and you have the potential for some pretty unpleasant goings-on.
Did I mention that my niece and great-nephews were in a head-on collision Thursday morning on Highway 70 heading towards Hot Springs at just about the time that bird started tapping? A collision that killed the other driver who crossed over the centerline and smashed full-speed into my niece's car?
My great-nephews suffered only minor air-curtain/seatbelt abrasions and my niece had successful surgery to repair her broken foot yesterday -- she should be released from the hospital tomorrow or Monday. We are eternally grateful to the guardian angel who was riding shotgun beside her.
But, I'm telling you -- there is no way that bird is getting into my house. Especially not before we get through All Saints Day on Monday. I'm taping pictures of roasted birds onto the windows to scare the sucker off.
Me? I'm just sayin' . . . .
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