When our Lord walked the earth, he and St. Peter came to a cookhouse. A woman who baked for others was sitting there. Her name was Gjertrud.

“Oh, may I get a flatbread,” said our Lord Jesus, for he had walked a long way without tasting food.

Well, Gjertrud made a little doughy mass and rolled it out, but the more she rolled it out the more it grew, and when she had baked it, the piece had become so large that she did not have the heart to give it away.

Then she took a smaller doughy mass and rolled it out, but the more she rolled it out, the more it grew, and when she had baked it, the piece was even bigger than the first one. No, she could not afford to give him that one either.

Then she took a tiny doughy mass and rolled it out; but the more she rolled it the more it grew, and when she had baked that piece it was so huge that she never had baked so large a piece earlier. So it became impossible to give away that lefse too.

Then our Lord said:

“Since you begrudged me the bread,
You shall seek your food between bark and wood,
And not drink until rainfall!”

At that very moment Gjertrud was transformed to a bird that flew up through the chimney. It had to look for its food between the bark and the wood and drink rainwater. It was the woodpecker, as we also call it.

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