Feed The Birds-Tuppence a Bag

WELCOME to the 2014  #AtoZ Blog Challenge

Inspired By My Pinterest Boards:  This Year’s Category  is GARDENING

imagesThe Yellow Pincher

If you have grandchildren, you remember many of the ‘priceless’ things they say. Let me introduce you to the Yellow Pincher. Picture this….a little boy, Andrew by name, coming to stay with his Grammy and Grandad.  There is a round dining table where we look out on the deck and back garden. Attached to the railing is a bird feeder hanging from a wrought iron crook filled with thistle for the goldfinches. Andrew called the goldfinches, Yellow Pinchers. His Grandad tried to correct this mistake on several occasions.

“Andrew, say, Gold.”


“Andrew, say Finch.”


“Now say, Gold Finch.”

“Yellow Pincher!”

To this day we refer to these birds as yellow pinchers. The little boy grew up….he’s married now.  Someday I’ll tell you about “We got troubles!”

Check out my Pinterest Birdhouse Board if you’re interested.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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5 Responses to Feed The Birds-Tuppence a Bag

  1. Harliqueen says:

    Such a sweet story 🙂

  2. What a great memory! I’m sure my grandparents have lots of these stories about me, I’ll have to ask them next time I see them if they have any favorites :).

  3. wordstock16 says:

    That’s really cute. We all have words we misuse because out kids or grandkids said them that way.

  4. DayDreamer says:

    How cute, no wonder you kept that name going for the goldfinch. It’s a beautiful bird, and quite Yellow.

  5. We put up a special thistle feeder just for our gold finches – we only have one pair but are hoping for more!

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