When I was working in a bookstore in the sixties near UCLA, I noticed a large group outside our display window. Some people were tapping on it. We were in the process of changing the display after Easter, and except for what remained of our garden setting and a few devotional books, the window was almost empty. Finally my curiosity got the best of me and I went outside to see what the big deal was about the window.

A young girl was sitting stock still in the middle of the fake grass in the window, appearing to read a book. The people outside were trying to figure out if she were human or mannequin. I was trying to figure out where she came from.

It appeared she’d gotten bored while her mother was shopping and she’d decided to see if she could fool everyone. I finally found her mother and the crowd dispersed. I only wish I’d had a picture, but that was before mobile phones and digital cameras. No one really carried cameras around back then unless they had a specific reason to.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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