When Richard Caplinger graduated from high school, the family was living in South Miami. Someone drove to Homestead and picked up his grandmother Gertrude, so she could attend the graduation ceremony. She was waiting on the family to finish getting ready when Agnes left the bedroom and went into the kitchen. Agnes let out a blood curdling scream and everyone ran to see what terrible thing had happened.
Naughty Richard had taken the bird from its cage and replaced it with the cat! I think this is one of the funniest things I have ever heard of but my poor mother with no sense of humor at all, thought to her dying day that Richard was an awful grandson. To me it is even funnier to think she never got over it!