Where have our flamingos gone?
To the Grinch(es) that stole our Christmas flamingos off our front lawn in broad daylight…
On Sunday, we returned home from an afternoon of Christmas errands and children’s activities to find that our beloved, tacky light-up Christmas flamingo (and her partner, the plastic, non-light-up, summer version) were taken from our front lawn. Just the night before, she was alight with pink glow, bringing warmth and cheer to our neighbourhood and our two young girls. These flamingos had brought neighbourhood comment and merriment to our corner of the earth for over two years.
Yet, on Sunday, somebody decided to brazenly help themselves to this little bit of pink glow – they unplugged the decorations and kidnapped our friends the flamingos. Farewell, with no chance to say goodbye.
Not sure if there is a black market for flamingo lawn ornaments these days. Hard to imagine. We’ll keep our eyes peeled on kijiji and other sites. Or maybe you’d just had enough of these cheesy lawn ornaments, saw red, and impulsively ripped them from our lawn. Or maybe you delight in putting a dent in people’s, especially children’s, Christmas cheer. If that’s the case, you succeeded on Sunday.
The most important message we wish to communicate is that these flamingo ornaments brought a warm (albeit tacky) glow to our hearts and the neighbourhood. So, in what I understand to be the Christmas spirit, I hope this light has not been snuffed out. I hope our friendly flamingo is lit up, bringing cheer and light to another family’s lawn, or even a robber’s basement, somewhere. The biggest crime would be if our flamingo friend was snuffed out, stuffed away, unplugged, in some garage or garbage dump or closet.
It’s Christmas time, open your hearts, let the light shine.