Advertisement

Colorful vision takes patriotic shape

April 22, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Ralph Smith is the accidental patriot.

Last fall, while toiling over the design of a mailbox to replace one that suspiciously had been smashed in his front yard, Smith said he had a colorful vision.

Uncle Sam, the white-bearded, thin man traditionally decked out in colors of the United States flag, was the perfect choice to adorn the Smiths' front lawn.

"My wife has a bunch of red, white and blue on the sunporch, so I just thought it would match," he said.

Advertisement

Smith, 63, now admits his wife's decor may not have been the only muse influencing his creation, which has been sitting in front of his house for the past two weeks. The Fairplay man said the impending war probably was in the back of his mind.

But will the stately symbol that now sits in front of his house meet the same fate as its unfortunate predecessor?

Smith chuckled and said, "Yeah, probably."

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|