Tuesday, July 7, 2009

When life imitates art




One day I was walking in the park and was stopped cold by this puddle of heron droppings. It looked just like The Scream to me. I instantly pulled out my camera and photographed it.

It made me wonder if maybe a heron dropping was the inspiration for the painting.....

It also made me wonder if I have way way too much time on my hands.....

22 comments:

Rachel said...

Tee hee, I remember when you took this picture. It's just so much fun. And yes, when you start taking pictures of poo, you do have WAY too much time on your hands.

Ok, so guess what.

Today, at Vacation Bible School, where I teach the little kiddies, guess what we're doing today at my station.

That's right everyone, we're making Bible Verse Cootie Catchers! The book calls them "promise keepers," but they're cootie catchers.

So guess what I had to do this morning.

That's right, learn how to make a cootie catcher.

Karen from Mentor said...

I called Rachel and asked her to post instructions on making a cootie catcher and she said that it's a lot more fun just leaving it to the imagination....

Loved that I got to delight my kid twice with one picture of poo.

a pithy posting about poo....how original....
(isn't it sir?)[btw...this is an aside at another blogger..it won't make sense to the rest of you, and may not even make any sense to him..he tends to forget instantly what he's posted even when it's EPIC for the rest of us... must be all of that intense deep thinking he does for his day job no room in his giant cranium for trivia..hey aren't those both games?] [I may need a nap]

Karen from Mentor said...

And btw for anyone keeping score...Rachel just loves little kids and she loves helping out a friend that we've known forever....so vacation bible school is an opportunity to interact with little kids...the teaching them stuff about god? She could take or leave....just sayin....

But teaching them about chipmunks????? We're both on board with that!

Karen from Mentor said...

this is in response to the frantic emails I got saying oh my gosh I didn't know you were religious and did you mind my saying such and such...

so...no worries minions....as you were....

Amy Branham said...

I was curius about the bird poo and the Screamer but now I'm wondering what the heck a cootie catcher is... What a weird morning! I need more coffee...

lindacassidylewis said...

I guess this is what happens when you stay up too late commenting on my blog,huh? :-)

Country Girl said...

Oh Karen...yes...taking photos of bird poo implies that you have too much time on your hands but your insta-connection between the poo and one of the all time most recognizeable paintings in the world is a sign that you are truly a genius with a very large brain so you shouldn't feel too bad about it. Speaking of random connections, I recently saw Elvis (not fat bloated Elvis, but young, hot, skinny Elvis) in the nooks and crannies of my English muffin. I sold it on eBay for $67. Seriously - you shouldn't have photographed the poo. You should have picked it up and sold it on eBay. Could have made you a fortune girl.

And also, I want to know what the Hell a cootie catcher is and why they are making them at Bible camp. I am picturing a girded metal undergarment with lots of locks and chains and whatnot. But that seems a wee bit S&M for Bible camp. Then again, I am Jewish. What do I know from Bible camp?

Karen from Mentor said...

Linda...ohmygosh...that is EXACTLY what happened...we blogged and emailed til 11:00 and then I said oh my gosh I have no posting for tomorrow....how did you know????

Hey...wait a minute...do you have my house bugged? [glares suspiciously at you]

:0)

Karen from Mentor said...

ok Amy....I needed to know too.....

so I typed cootie catcher into google....

now I know what a cootie catcher is.....

feel free to do that too.....

it brought back memories of third grade...only we didn't call it that....and we used it to answer questions about which boy liked us....

Karen from Mentor said...

um sarah...very visual description...but NOT even close....although I might GO to YOUR bible camp....[close your mouths minions...they're hanging open]

When Sarah comes on Tuesday y'all are going to be in for a treat....

oh dear, I think I just lost my keepin it clean for the tweens rating....

Cat Connor said...

I am not going to Google cootie catcher, I can't bring myself to do it. At least not yet - I'm going to need to wake up a LOT more first.

Bird poop? Karen you're photographing bird poop?
Still not as bad as a kids program I saw early one morning - the entire thing was about animal poop, yep piles of it! All different types.

:-)

judy said...

I think there is money to be made in cootie catching. Like this: Yucky person getting a little too close for comfort? Who you gonna call? Cootie Catcher!

I'm fashioning my cape as I type. I'm that good.

Could not possibly agree with Country Girl more. And I'm not even Jewish. (Though I have a serious crush on both Jon Stewart and Michael Chabon, which makes me Jewish, once removed.)

Google that. ;-)

Rachel said...

Wow, ok guys... Cootie catcher, it's the little paper thing you fold up, put on your fingers, and then say "pick a color" spell it while moving your fingers to each letter, pick a number, do the same, and then pick one of the numbers written on the inside, fold up the flap, and read what's written there. Nothing dirty. Usually they are made by little girls. I had never made one myself, but after today, I think I can make them in my sleep.

Rachel said...

And yes, to clarify, I love VBS because of the kids. And the other people in charge. I'm not really religious. But the people there haven't caught on yet, so let's not tell them, ok? I can be enthusiastic about God for a week if it means I get to have a blast for that same week.

Karen from Mentor said...

Yes but Cat? I'm sure they used words like "scat" and "droppings" which would make the program MUCH more scientific.

And hey can you honestly tell me if you'd seen this puddle just staring you in the face you wouldn't have done the same thing?

Right.

and Rachel, thanks for clarifying...

I love you guys...
this whole thread was so fun to come home to.

Cat Connor said...

Using the word scat didn't make the pictures the 'aliens' were drawing of piles of poop any better!

I probably would've taken a pic of the bird poop - okay I know I would've...

Ohh I know those things, Rachel, my girls make them all the time. Pick a number, pick a color and then you find they say insipid things on the inside.

:-)

Kris said...

As someone who changes multiple diapers a day, I'm never going to approach the process in the same way again. Perhaps it'll make the experience something I even look forward to. Like, oh boy - what do we have here? This looks like a ballerina dancing on top of the Eiffel Tower! Or maybe it's a horse fixing a peanut butter sandwich! Kind of like a Rorschach test ... only not with ink blots!

Now if only the artistic medium involved didn't stink...

Karen from Mentor said...

A)Yuck Kris, and giggling too.

B)What? You mean your child's poo stinks?

C)I think I'll just stick to not STEPPING IN animal droppings at the park. And steel my mind, yes STEEL MY MIND against all of the images that you just provided.

still giggling, but still going yuck. oh man, why did I open this can of worms.....glad that country girl has already been in or this conversation would get really out of hand.

It stops here folks.....talk about fine art now, or just wait for the "Things I've seen Thursday"...it will be posted in a little while...and it's about BATMAN!!!

jane, candid said...

Oh boy, more poo... but this one is very artistic, and at least you didn't fling a baggie of it at anyone...

Karen from Mentor said...

Hey Jane!
Welcome home. You've got some catching up to do.
Are you rested up yet?
:0)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Laughing! good lawd it does! :-D

Karen from Mentor said...

Right? You would have photographed it too wouldn't you?

*it's not just me*

Thanks for stopping in Kathryn!

Big hug!