“I could hardly wait for my breakfast of sunflower seeds this morning, folks. It was darned chilly overnight and I needed a few heat calories.”
“While Lincoln takes a break to go chase Della around the woodshed, I’m going to sneak a few sunflower seeds. But oh my goodness, they’re big. I wonder if I bit off more than I can chew.”
“Did you see that sneaky thief getting into my stash? I only turned my back for a few seconds to go tell Della that breakfast is served, and that foxy sparrow was into my food. I’m going to have to put some of these away for a rainy day.”
“Not too far away, and still under the roof. That will keep it dry.”
“Now stay! — I’ve seen Anneli do this with Emma. She points her fingers at her and says, ‘Stay!’ I’ll do what she does. Cool, eh?”
“Silly Lincoln. Every time he goes to bury a sunflower seed, I can zip right in here and help myself to his breakfast. Oh well, survival of the fittest (and smartest – that’s me). There’s a reason they call me a fox sparrow.”
Sharing shelter, that’s okay,
Sometimes it works out that way,
Sharing food’s another thing,
Since it can starvation bring.
Oh, all right, I get fed well,
But when seeds are in their shell,
It takes time to eat them up,
In my hands shaped like a cup.
Then along comes foxy sparrow,
Sitting on the jar rim narrow,
Helps himself to food that’s mine,
No permission here to dine.
Go ahead then, help yourself,
Sitting there upon my shelf,
I will have to be more wary,
Sunflower seeds I now must bury.