Obit for a Rooster

I realized today that if I mention someone in my family, they will put a link to my blog post on Facebook. I suppose that is one way to get more visitors. But my family isn’t interesting enough to write about them every day. Or the stuff that comprises their lives is not something I should be throwing out to the universe.

Here is a bit that someone might find interesting. Bernie, who is reading the paper right now, said, “Do you know where our first ad for Strut Your Stuff will be?” Strut is the annual fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club that is right now occupying large chunks of our time in preparation.

“Where?” I asked.

“On the obituary page. The person from the Record (Morrison County’s newspaper) told me that the obituaries are the most read part of the newspaper.”

I thought for a minute. It seems like a good idea, but I am not sure if people reading the obituaries necessarily read the ads that accompany them. Perhaps it would get attention if we put a picture of this year’s honorary rooster and write up a few obit-style paragraphs under it. We have a rooster drawn each year by a local artist which becomes the backdrop for our advertising. This year’s bird was drawn by St. Cloud graphic artist Pat Jensen. I am not even sure if Pat would much like us doing that to his bird.

In addition, an obituary for  a rooster might not fly well in the context of the death of real people. Some might consider it disrespectful. I would. So my idea of a rooster’s obituary in the Morrison County Record should really be trashed, but it would be interesting to see it in writing.  Maybe that will be my blog on another day. If you’d like, write an obituary for a rooster and send it to me.

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