Why I Entered The Tom The Turkey Photo Contest (And Why You Should Vote For Me)

November 15, 2013 in Family life

tomtheturkeyThere’s this wild turkey that’s been roaming around our town Larchmont for months now. That’s him to the left…He has become a town icon, almost a hero, as he parades around our community like he belongs here and wants to stay forever (and especially past Thanksgiving). It wouldn’t be that odd to see a wild turkey if we lived further north in a more rural area. However, Larchmont is considered an urban suburb, with not a lot of green, open space so when a wild animal like a turkey or deer is spotted around here, it’s news.

The funny thing about Tom is he shows up in the oddest places. He’s been spotted at the train station, in parking lots, at the local park, walking down neighborhood streets, and I do believe he even made an appearance in our backyard, unless that was his cousin.

Sure enough, when Little Dude and I were returning from our final trip up in Boston after his treatments ended, we were driving through town and spotted Tom following a man down the sidewalk. He was gobbling at him and seemed to want to go home with this guy. I stopped the car, grabbed my iPhone and snapped a few pictures of our sighting. Little Dude was thrilled. He said it was almost as cool as meeting one of the Patriots football players up in Boston.

I thought it was cool too, and felt that it was some sort of symbolic homecoming for us.

And then, about two weeks later, the “Tom The Turkey” photo contest was announced.

I knew I had to enter our photo. It had nothing to do with winning the prizes being awarded (although that Pumpkin Facial would be nice).

It had to do with doing something silly.

For me.

And for our family.

Because sometimes in the midst of a crappy, hard time, you need to be distracted with something silly like a turkey photo contest.

So, if you’d like to help us win the crazy contest, please vote for my photo of Tom.

Voting ends at midnight tonight!

Click HERE to vote….Please note the link can only be accessed via computer. Remember, my photo has the “beauty salon” caption.






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Janine Huldie November 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm

This totally made me giggle and what an awesome homecoming indeed. Voted for you and fingers crossed you win this one!! :)
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ohboymom November 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Thanks Janine – right now I’m in the lead by 8 votes. I’ll keep you posted! And thanks so much for your vote!


Jessica November 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

You got my vote! We see turkeys, deer, foxes, and all sorts of things in our woods. It’s still always fun to see them, though. I’m glad you and Little Dude got to see him! How is he doing? Which Patriots player did he get to meet?
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ohboymom November 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

He’s doing great and we met Dane Fletcher who is #52, one of the linebackers. A very sweet guy! Thanks for voting!!


S. Alison Beck November 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I was vote # 52. Please vote for my Muppets in kind at: http://teencontest.caa.ca/public/video/77

Thanks – also love your tweets and liked you on FB!!


ohboymom November 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Voted for you too! Thanks so much for voting and tweeting – I’m currently in the lead! :)


Jenna November 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Totally gave me a huge smile!! Picturing little dude happy, almost hapier then meeting real life football players!! How friggen awesome & such a Fantastic Homecoming!!!!

Got my vote….one from each of our 3 computers :-)

Hope You Win!!!
Good Luck!


ohboymom November 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks so much – I really appreciate it! I’m currently in the lead…a few more hours until voting ends….


Jenna November 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Yaaaay! You got this 😀


grownandflown November 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

So happy that you won the contest, Emily. A victory, however silly, is a good feeling for you and your family. Never saw the turkey, btw….
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ohboymom November 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

You still may see Tom…my friend spotted him yesterday and took a great shot of him. She was too late to enter the contest, but her photo would have been a contender.:) Keep looking, he’s out there! :)


Kristi Campbell November 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I voted a while ago and am SO EXCITED that you won! Whoot! That’s awesome :)
I LOVE that Little Dude thought seeing Tom in real life waddling up the street was almost as cool as meeting a Patriot!


ohboymom November 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I know, sounds crazy, but he really thought the turkey was on par with the Patriot player! Thanks for voting for us!


Cyndi November 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

Ya know, I think seeing that turkey is a sign: a sign of triumph. And Little Dude ended his treatments? Yeah. Triumph. :)
And you won!? More Triumph.
You. Are. Inspiring.
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ohboymom November 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

Aw thanks Cyndi and I agree that the turkey was a sign…although Little Dude is not finished with ALL his treatments yet, he is finished with those and yeah that turkey was surely a signal of reaching that goal.


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