Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Black Bird

After driving around the high desert of Colorado for a few days, I looked at my mother, "This isn't a place to be a woman alone." She mentioned that to my brother and he told here that there were a lot of men who were alone in the area. I met one of them.

There is no photo inspiration for this bird, but this is based on a real person. I don't even know the guy's name, but he worked at the "country store" in the Hot Springs Resort. I don't know what prompted him to tell me the following story, but it stayed with me.

"My wife and I got along very well, and we only had one fight the entire time we were married, and that was actually the night before the wedding. She was Navajo, and was very agreeable, but when she got mad, she went all out.

"Well after a while I thought the grass was greener on the other side... and I screwed up.  She found out and took everything I owned, piled it outside and set it all on fire."

He paused.

"I tried apologizing, and asked her to take me back, but she just laughed."

He shook his head.

"Biggest. Mistake. I. Ever. Made."

He sighed. There wasn't much to say after that. I left, and never saw him again for the rest of the time I was at the Hot Springs.

So yeah, a black bird.

If you are interested in making some of your own birds, you can get my tutorial here, at my Etsy shop.


Julierose said...

Talk about a "Pack all all my cares and woes, hear I go, Bye Bye blackbird..." story;)))
I love your blackbird..very evocative hugs, julierose

Pat said...

LOL. Sometimes you just don't get a do over. Love your bird.

Ann said...

Great story. Well encapsulated in this bird. We'll remember it forever.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Perfect bird to go with that story.

CathyQuilts said...

This is your most glamorous bird yet. That sparkly feather fabric really copies the iridescence of bird feathers.