Upon expressing his interest in botany and the general study of flora and fauna, Frank Jr.’s parents were thrilled to enroll him on a botanical tour of the world, sponsored by their local university (to be honest, they were just relieved to see him take an interest in something other than video games). Below are a few of the postcards Sue and Frank Sr. received from their son:
The first postcard was encouraging…
The second caught them a little off guard … their son? Surfing? but they shrugged it off as Frank Jr. coming out of his shell.
The third one said very little, the brevity was another oddity from their usually loquacious son. And Frank Sr. had the strangest feeling he’d seen that greenhouse before…
Upon receiving the fourth missive, they knew something was up and in an effort to learn what that might be, Frank Sr. and Sue walked next door to their son’s best friend’s home and knocked on the door. Expecting to be greeted by Frank Jr.’s best friend, Jack, or perhaps one of his siblings, you can imagine their shock when who should open the door, but Frank Jr. It seems the ‘world traveler’ had bypassed his trip to stay in Kansas so he could focus on his video gaming. Walking to the botanical gardens in town and other points of interest, Frank Jr. had snapped a few pictures of some pretty plants and fashioned a postcard to make the ruse all the more convincing.
The Not So Fantastic Reality:
The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:
ONE: While taking a walk around the beautiful Rollins College campus this evening, I was struck at how many different varieties of plant life there were. I started taking pictures of things I found especially appealing, and as I did so the thought occurred to me that if I wanted to convince someone I was traveling around the world, I could simply come down to this campus, snap a couple of photos and no one would be the wiser. I had several more pictures to fashion into my ‘homemade’ postcards, but the process is pretty time-consuming so, perhaps another time. :o)
Love & Squirrels.