The Rose and the Birds
Two of the birds were a little larger than the others and one of those
had a breast that was colored more like a Robin so we named her “Robin”. The
other large one got the name “Big Bird” after the Sesame Street bird. The
fifth bird got the name “What?” I don’t remember the origin of that name,
but I’m sure there was a little story behind it.
that we had five birds, we quickly noted that they had individual characters.
Miss Birds was friendly and easy going (except to Igg, she didn’t like him).
Robin was the opposite, she was a not overly friendly (except to Igg, she would
run to him every time he came in). Red was wild and if it were not for the rest
of the birds, we could have never caught her each time she was let out of the
cage. She would
run from any of us and only when all the other birds were in the cage would she
come up to the cage so she could be caught.
We sold the house in Green
Acres and bought 26 acres of land and bought a small house trailer to live in
while we built our dream house. We had a contractor do the foundation and a
concrete floor. We laid block for the first floor and we wood framed the next
two floors. The only other parts that were done by contractors were the sheet
rock and shingles on the roof.
It took three years to complete and to this day I am in amazement of Rose and
the kids being able to handle all of the evening work in the summer and week end
work year round for three years.
was not just a homemaker all this time, she had a hammer and nails in every
spare moment and still kept all of us in cloths, food and clean house, not to
mention caring for a garden and caring for the birds. And never a complaint even
when we seen weeks in the winter that it was so cold that the windows in the
trailer would get a quarter inch coat of ice on the inside of all the windows.
I knew it was a strain on the kids too. I remember Igg climbing up to the peek of the framing to drive nails and Sher driving nails in the subfloor until she had blisters on her hand from the hammer. I am sure they resented working so long and hard but did not complain. I was so proud of them.