Pretend – IF

When I was a kid in NYC, there was an individual who used to roam the streets in my neighborhood. To this day, I don’t know if they were a man or a woman, (nor do I care) but we called, this person, “Birdy.”

Birdy walked around in a big overcoat, with his/her arms tucked inside, so Birdy appeared armless! Yet the moment, there was any group of little kids around, the pretend magician, would say, “Abracadabra” and out of that opened cape-like coat would appear two hands…and then… all of a sudden … little birds came flying out of their coat!

It was the most wonderful thing to my nine-year-old eyes!

I often wondered what happened to that beautiful individual pretending to have a home, living on the streets, pretending to be a magician, pretending to be a man or woman, but always giving real joy to all the children in my old neighborhood.

Days, when I think about Birdy, I’d like pretend that Birdy is alive and living a wonderful magical real life, because those memories I have of Birdy are pure magic!

Pretend to be or not to be, but make it magical to the people in your life this week!

Peace to you all.

  1. …wow…definitely magical, and you’ve caught that in your painting, too! Very very cool.

    Comment by nancy — November 21, 2008 @ 3:26 am

  2. I just came by to tell you how much your words of comfort really means to me. It’s so very difficult. Hali was just visiting me here in Jersey went home and had a mild heart attack. She was in the hospital and all. We thought that she was going to be fine and then… well. I know that she is in a much better place. The out pouring of love and support has been so comforting and at times overwhelming. Thank you so much for your kindness.

    Comment by Vanessa Brantley Newton — November 21, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Neat story, delightful art.

    Comment by Focus_ret — November 21, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  4. Wonderful story, growing up in NYC myself, we got so used to the unusual and strange people on the streets that we didn’t take the time to think of their life and what it was like – great drawing..and great story

    Comment by Mim Stella — November 30, 2008 @ 5:31 am

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