So we hired this scarecrow. Yincent. My sister saw the ad in the Cambrian News and said ‘Is he for real?’ so I called him up to see. We met in the afternoon and in the evening I called him again to say the job was his. This was Sunday. I showed him the plot and we watched at the kitchen window so he could see the birds he was meant to scare. He took it all in, but I could see his hands shake. I said ‘Are you nervous?’ He said he had Essential Tremors and he probably drank too much, but the shaking helped his work. ‘Makes you look real,’ he said. Before dawn every morning I let the cat out, and I see Yincent setting up. I think it’s nice he’s there and I wave, and he waves.

Source | Luke Thompson, Scarecrow in Short Stories
Published March 2011 by


What if sometimes a little bit of nervousness is good to help us do what needs to be done well?


Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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