Spring Observations March 2015
Yesterday I thought I saw a robin. We were just getting home and it was almost dark, so I’m not sure. It was the right size and it looked like a robin from the back, but the front of it was partially white. Today I’m looking closely to see if I can spot one for sure. Early this afternoon, I went down and looked out the back door and I didn’t see any birds at all, which is kind of unusual. Then I went to the sun room and took some time to just be quiet. I have found that at least ten minutes spent in silence each day is important. It is amazing the things that are revealed to me in those quiet moments.
As I sat there I noticed the most beautiful drops of water cascading down from our roof. Each drop was round and glowing with light. The robin’s egg blue sky was the perfect backdrop for this spectacle. I felt such joy and gratitude to see the snow being transformed into beautiful clear water. Spring is surely on the way whether that was a robin I saw or not.
Eventually a few small birds appeared, sparrows I think. Definitely not robins. Next I saw a bird that was about the right size, but no, the head was kind of pointed. Then I saw its mate, a bright red cardinal. Not robins, but beautiful. The last bird that I saw in those ten quiet minutes was like the one from last night. It was definitely partly white in the front. I just checked on the internet and yes, some robins look like that. I think I have officially seen my first robin of the season. Sometimes I get looking so closely for one specific thing, whether it’s a robin or what I think is the right solution to problem, that I can miss the gifts and answers that are right in front of me.
I’ll keep looking for robins, but I’ll also take time to notice what is in front of me and be grateful for cardinals, sunshine and melting snow, for my family and friends, and for t
he peace and love that are part of my world today. Well, I have a hair appointment soon so I better close now. By the way, my hairdresser’s name? Robin, of course!