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Have you ever seen a purple martin early in the morning?

“Yes, I have. Martin Gelman. Mister watch me leap frog over this parking meter.”

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist 🙂 (If you’ve read this blog a while, then you know I’m a huge Golden Girls fan and that is a semi-well known quote from an episode). Anyways, on to the post at hand. . . Purple Martins.

Down at the bottom of our hill by the pond is a tall post with several gourds attached at the top for our Martin population to use as nests.

I’ll admit I usually pay very little attention to them, but as Verity and I were walking underneath it earlier on our second walk of the day (she’s got very demanding about those walks, you know, besides she deserves them with how good of a helper she’s been with Grandma lately) a Martin swooped down and dove at us. I think we both ducked!

And naturally (after hot footing it several feet away – I am nothing if not a fan of self preservation, even if it’s only self preservation from a little bird), I looked up, and lucky that I had my camera, zoomed in and saw this:

Aren’t they sweet?

3 thoughts on “Have you ever seen a purple martin early in the morning?

  1. Hello, countrychick. I am Tatiana from Russia. I have discovered the serial “The Golden Girls” and now I am enjoying watching it. But I don’t know the meaning of the expression “Mister watch me leap frog over this parking meter”. I run Google and it referred to you blog. Could you help me to get an idea? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi there Tatiana and welcome to my blog! Glad to hear you’re enjoying The Golden Girls!! The phrase you’re talking about is a little hard to explain, but I hope I can shed a little light on it for you.

      It’s a little similar to the expression Mister (or Miss) Know It All. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard that one.

      Basically, Blanche is making fun of her friend, Martin Gelman, and saying that he hurt himself by attempting to leap over the parking meter. She’s substituting “watch me leap over this parking meter,” for Martin’s actual name. By doing that and putting Mister in front of it, she’s saying that he was foolish for trying to leap over the meter.

      I hope I’ve helped you to understand the expression a little better, and if you have any more questions, I’d be happy to answer 🙂

      Have a great day!!!

  2. Hi, Shell.
    Thank you for your nice explanation!!! I know the expression “Mister (or Miss) Know It All”, but didn’t realize that it’s just a play of words ‘martin’ and ‘Martin’, the last is a friend of Blanch as you mentioned. I thought he was may be an author of the book “Mister watch me leap frog over this parking meter” or something else. But now I got it!
    You could make a good teacher you know:-) I asked one American guy in a chat and he couldn’t explain. But you have done it perfectly! A lot of thanks again:-)
    Greetings,
    Tatiana.

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