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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


To give equal time to Cypress, I'm presenting this  mini silent movie. (Sorry guys but I need to be fair to my little guy)
Cypress has had this love and fear relationship with my big rooster for a long time.
This rooster was given to me by a special  friend while I was receiving Chemo for Breast Cancer  in 2003to cheer me up.... and it's been carried around a lot by the grandkids and has lost his crest, some feathers and just now, his eyes. He looks pretty ragged but he still command attention...

Cypress has been totally obsessed with the roosters and especially this big one... and was really afraid of it.  Always on the look out before entering the room. I even had to hide it in my bedroom, he was so afraid of it...

 I gave him smaller roosters to play with but he still would say Oooouu Ooou Ooouuu. He wanted it yet he was afraid. He spotted  a rusty metal  rooster way up... at the Co-op and he was obsessed with it too every time we went there, he wanted to look at it and wanted to stay there longer to look at it...

I collect roosters and each time he comes in he points to all my roosters. It's rather annoying to us grownups...

I been working on getting him to loose his fear by tickling him with the tail feathers  the last couple of times. It was slow progress...

Just scroll down to the end like a silent movie.

Cypress is playing with a small rooster an the small green  square frame on the table has a rooster in it.

Cypress is showing me the small rooster and wants me to take a picture of it.

Here Cypress is pointing to some of my rooster collection on top of the window shelf.

Yesterday I put the big rooster beside him and went to get my camera . Cypress loves to have his picture taken and he's smiling.

Smiling that is, until I asked him to pet the rooster... His jaw dropped...
He's 21 months old and although he understands, he only says a few words but mostly grunts and does body languages to gets what he wants.

Ever so gently he timidly started to pet the rooster.

He noticed the eyes had been removed (for safety reason) and he was a bit upset until I said the rooster was sleeping and he was OK with that.   (Yes I'm a fibbing great grandmother)

He was so happy with himself.

Thanks for watching all the way down. I know I go overboard with the little ones but it's a grandma's privilege.

Thanks for staying to the end.


  1. That's Rooster Therapy in practice there! It could be the Next.Big.Thing!!! Cypress is very sweet and handsome. What a lovely name too!!!x

  2. The stuffed rooster reminds me of a prop I had to hold when I was 6and in an amateur production of Finnian's Rainbow. My ONE line in the show was "...round a little yellow seat." Which completed the children's description of the missing rooster!!!x

  3. That was priceless! Julia what a patience & understanding of your little ones. Cypress was as pleased as punch to pet that rooster on his own terms. That rooster is so life like, I could see a little one being afraid of it & interested too. So sweet, those grand babies of yours, do make your day. I know I'm enjoying them through your posts. He's a sweet little guy! I too collect roosters as I was born in the Chinese year of the rooster & l'm a morning person. Enjoyed your post!
    Hugs, Cynthia

  4. Such an adorable child and wonderful old time silent movie. He looks so pleased with himself at the end and proud he'd conquered his fear and made a friend, albeit not alive.

  5. I love the one where he gently pets the top of the rooster's head. And that smile way at the end shows that all is now well.

  6. How very cute! I love the rooster, too!:-) xo Nellie

  7. He is darling but looks big for 21 months.

  8. Cypress is adorable.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs :)

  9. Awesome roosters!! I didn't know you collected roosters. I think it is so sweet you got pictures of him and him getting over his fear of roosters.
    He looks like such a sweetie.
    You are a good grandma!

  10. That is so precious!
    I loved the progression of his expression.

    Those cheeks are so "pinchable"!!!!

    Poor Cypress. He's seen better days, but he's still a handsome creature.

  11. I didn't know you collected roosters either. What a cutie pie and so brave too! Now that he has overcome his fear I wonder what he would do when faced with a real rooster?

  12. What a neat story. It's interesting to me why kids are drawn to certain things. The colorful rooster probably stood out, but our great nieces and nephews are fascinated by things in our house and it's hard to figure out why.
    Love the pictures.

  13. How lucky you are to have grandchildren and now great grandchildren! And they are such cuties.

  14. Cypress is absolutely adorable! I love that name, too. This was a very sweet photo shoot! He did it! You did it! ❤ My stepmom used to collect roosters. She was an Arkansas farm girl. Hugs!

  15. Sweet Julia all those pictures are adorable and I really enjoyed the silent movie. You do not go overboard at all with your sweet grands...they are all just adorable. I love roosters, you have some nice ones. Hugs

  16. Julia,
    I have just loved the past two posts. They just make me SMILE. This one is so fun.
    I do love Cypress!!

  17. I LOVE that rooster...and isn't Cypress adorable?!!!

  18. Cypress has the sweetest facial expressions! So cute to keep scrolling down and watch him with that rooster! :-)

  19. Cypress is a real cutie!
    Glad he overcame his fear of the big rooster.

  20. That is too cute! I am glad he overcame his fear. His face is simply precious when he is grinning at the rooster. Love it! :)

  21. I love your little Cypress show. How darling. I would be scared of that rooster too. That is some rooster. I am so glad you are with us sharing your stories of your life bring me joy and I am inspired by all that you do Julia, hugs cheri