So as I pulled into the parking lot in front of our apartment, half listening to the radio, I was tired and a little grumpy, and just wanting to get upstairs and hop in the shower for a quick five minutes. Corb wouldn't get off work from his job at Binkley International for about fifteen minutes, so after I fed the cats, I was free and clear to
That's when I saw it, through the windshield of my car. In the woods next to the parking lot.
It looked like a person at first, but then I shook my head and realized it was too short to be a person. Then I thought it was possibly a statue. But who would place a statue in the woods like that?
A plastic bag? No, no, not exactly.
What could it be...? And then it dawned on me, and a chill went up my spine.
I realized I was looking at a tree stump in the shape of the Virgin Mary.
LJ Cut Warning: Freaky photos!
"I've just seen a tree stump in the shape of the Virgin Mary!" I said to Corb after he hung up on a caller.
Corb looked as if I had just told him that Bette Davis was living in our refrigerator. "What are you talking about?"
"I'm serious! I just saw a stump in the shape of the Virgin Mary! It's a religious miracle, I tell you. Come on, you have to see it to believe it."
Ten minutes later, we were back out in the cold, and Corb was standing at his car, looking a little startled. "Well, I don't think it looks like the Virgin Mary, but...well, it is kind of strange looking, I have to admit."
"More like a man?"
"Like a monk," he said. "With his hands, reaching out..."
"Like a Jesus?"
Corb shook his head. "It could be Jesus..."
"That's it! It's a Jesus stump! Corb, we're living next to a freaking Jesus stump. Can you believe it?"
Now, I know what you're thinking. How in the world could a tree stump possibly look like an image of Jesus? But I took photos, I have a proof! So allow me to present to you, dear friends, the first and only Jesus Stump...living in my front yard...
Now, you have to admit, that's a little creepy. I know, I know, the pictures don't do it complete justice. It was hard to take a clear photo of what we saw. Still, even in the photos, I think you can clearly see the outline and the image.
So, there you are, the Jesus stump. I expect lines to form, pilgrimages to begin. I expect miracles to occur and holy men to drop by. Heck, if a big deal can be made about the face of Jesus in a corn flake, I certainly think that my crazy little stump warrants just as much attention and publicity. Don't you? So, start spreading the word, true believers.
"I kind of like finding a Jesus stump in our front yard," I said to Corb, as we headed off to pick up the 'stang. "I think it's a good omen. 2011 is going to be a good year. Our year."
I know, it's crazy. But then again...it honestly did make me sleep a little better last night. Wouldn't you?