A fellow Virginia blogger, Suzi, has invited me to participate in the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge described thusly: I am to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.
Five consecutive days of my blatherings. I apologize in advance. Here goes:
In preparation for yesterday’s big Westie Rescue fundraiser held in northern Virginia, I got my good ol’ country boy, Max, neatly groomed so he could hold his own next to all those canine Beau Brummells in their little plaid outfits.
Just as we were ready to leave, he made a final swirl around the yard and reappeared like this:
Those little green thingies? We call them “hitchhikers.” Never let it be said, however, that regional terms are dead and gone. Here are the names I’ve heard for them since posting this on Facebook for the amusement of friends and family:
Jan calls them “beggar’s lice.” Sue says “tag-alongs.” David in Kansas calls them “stick-tights.” My uncle in Minnesota says they don’t have those there. Ha!
Turns out the actual name for these little green devils is Virginia Stickseed. Sounds rather like an Edwardian author, doesn’t it? “The Adventures of Max the Westie” by Virginia Stickseed.
I’m supposed to invite another blogger to participate in this challenge. How about you, charming Woodland Gnome? Are you game?
Thanks for reading,