Friday, July 6, 2012

Embarrassing Moment #234578

Like all mountain folks, we have an old carved wooden bear on our front porch to greet visitors as they walk to the front door. No big deal.

I've walked past the bear a million times, but this time something caught my attention. Out of the corner of my eye I saw some objects in the bear's paw.

Imagine my shock and horror when I discovered that our "Welcome Bear" was holding sticks with a bunch of  dead grasshoppers skewered through them!

It looked like our bear was having a grasshopper shish kabob dinner.

It looked like he was making grasshopper Smores over the campfire.

It looked like someone sick and twisted lived at our house.

When interrogating my sweet and innocent looking children about the matter, I was appalled to find out that they all played a roll in this grasshopper "death on a stick" incident! Grasshoppers are true enemies, and they do eat our flowers and garden, but these trophies of  pest conquering are a bit over the top!  

Maybe they act as a stern warning to other grasshoppers in the area...Stay Away or this will happen to YOU!

What's even worse is that we recently put our house up for sale and we've had 14 groups of strangers come to look through it.  

I don't know how long these insects have been displayed on our front porch, but there's a possibility that....

50 total strangers have been greeted at the front door by dead grasshoppers on a stick.

Talk about embarrassment.  

What does this say about us?
What do people think when they see this? 
Would you buy a house with a barbaric display of this nature?

I'm hoping that some day we will all be able to laugh about this, but for now, we've put a moratorium on Grasshopper death by the stake.

Hoping to forget about this incident real soon,



  1. So funny! I'm sure everyone that saw it (if anyone did), thought right away...Funny Kids!
    That would be something that happens around here too!

  2. Oh my goodness, too funny!

    Yeah, I'd prolly over look it, being I know you have wild children, and it seems something they might do! lol

  3. Ahahaha! That's tooo funny. I wonder if anyone noticed. I don't pay attention to things like that, but I can assure you that if my Hubby walked by a stake of beheaded grasshoppers, he would have noticed. Hilarious!

  4. That is so funny! Kids have quite the imaginations, don't they?

  5. Hi, Nell! It has been so long since I left a comment on your blog! We recently sold our house in Long Island, NY and moved to Lancaster County, PA. I know only too well how it feels to have things "out of place" when strangers come through to look at.... or shall I say.....critique our home!! I think the grasshoppers on a stick added a natural, realistic touch and I am 99% sure the potential buyers thought so, too!!