Lurkey, Mom's Pet Inflatable Thanksgiving Turkey
My mother was the one who taught me to stand up for the little guy. And if there is a little guys so far as decorating goes Thanksgiving has to be it. Now, my mother had everything possible for the holiday, but it took her decades to build a collection. And one thing I always used to buy her was turkeys, and being an animal lover she adored them. Plush turkeys, ceramic turkeys, a turkey serving platter with a turkey on it and even turkey lights.
But there was still precious little to put on the front porch that could remind passerbys of the holiday, and not in a religious sense either. It was a holiday that was being picked on and overlooked and that fluffed mom's feathers good. I'd tell her she looked like a cute little sputzie (sparrow) and she'd fluff her feathers out more. A holiday being neglected was no laughing matter!
So imagine my delight in finding Lurkey. Who was originally called Mr. Tom until we found out he listed to port like he'd got into Thanksgiving cheer, and we ran a dry house. So he became Lurkey the lopsided turkey. Mom loved him! We ladies oohed and ahhed because he was smart enough to inflate all by himself and my dad just growled in disgust and the cats of course had to inspect the inflatable feast.
You should have seen them run in the room when I called out "Turkey!" Instantly they decided it was their turkey, and the way their whiskers all fanned out I know they were figuring out how many pounds they would get a piece of the succulent fowl. But after a few quick sniffs they left him be and dreamed of eating the real thing.
Mom and the cats have sadly moved on, as has dad, but Lurkey has stayed like a faithful if lopsided mascot to the season. He keeps me company, he does. He looks great indoors and out, and yes those are photos of the fabulous fowl in the background and down below. Because Lurkey can strut his fabulous stuff better than a fashion model. He is fierce, honey!
I love his googly eyes the best, they make him look rather silly and if you've ever seen a lot of Thanksgiving turkey geegaws many of them resemble velicoraptors. A beautiful, sweet-natured bird is somehow turned into the ugliest of all creatures. But not Lurkey. He is as cute as a button with his checkered bib, fancy hat (we used to joke he ate the Pilgrim) and brightly colored tail.
As you can see below he does indeed light up and he is big enough to dominate a section of my kitchen floor in the photo and is a good several feet tall. Strangely Lurkey came in a Halloween designed bright green package, complete with spooky images. He is the first inflatable turkey I ever saw, but they seem fairly common now.
The kit featured here has all the fixings. He lights up, has ground stakes, and is good for indoor or outdoor use. So why not adopt your own inflatable turkey and be the talk of the town?
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This fellah always puts a smile on my face. He looks oh-so-sleepy as if he was just stuffed with Thanksgiving dinner and needs a good nap.
This happy fellow sports an all red tail and knows how to strut his stuff.
This inflatable tom wants to know when dinner is being served. I love his multi-colored tail myself.