Our residents, together with the Recreation Department,
entered this scarecrow at a local gardening store competition
and they won first prize!
Mr. S. (FOIP doesn't allow for me to disclose his full name here!) arrived at the end of September. He found his favorite spot in our facility, standing by the front door, almost like the WalMart greeter. He wasn't much of a conversationalist, but could be quite the conversation starter. He was more the silent type, "for when a fool speaks, he is ruining himself", was Mr. S. favorite quote. He firmly stood his ground on many issues, never flinching as others have done, succumbing to the winds of change. He warmly welcomed everyone - especially the children. He was so touched and almost fell apart when the children showered him with such loving! With the help of dear friends, he pulled himself together again.
Nothing much is known about his family history, but apparently many of his family members were outstanding in their field. I think one family member made it big in a little movie called Wizard of Oz. Mr. S. had a friendly smile for all, showing no favoritism, although to some he felt a little prickly at times! He wasn't nearly as scary as he was originally made out to be. The black crow that always sat on his arm was a very well trained pet and caused no ruckus as others of the crow family are want to do. Unfortunately Mr. S. had to leave us this week to make room for the Mr. and Mrs. Snowman family that arrived suddenly. We said our fond farewells for now and look forward to when he returns next year.