Tuesday, January 03, 2006

In the land of storybooks

Today was a children’s book sort of day. Clear skies, sunshine, warm breezes, happy boys with bare feet -- Elizabeth Enright and Carol Ryrie Brink probably created some of their stories on days like this.

I had lunch outside, while my little brothers ran around in the greenbelt. After lunch, I joined them, stretching out on the trampoline with Les Miserables. Chickadees sang, and a bird I didn’t recognize.

I slipped off the trampoline and walked to a tree teeming with chickadees. Suddenly, I had an unexplainable urge to see them better. I’d watched them all summer long; they certainly weren’t a novelty. Perhaps that’s the thing about birding: The birds are never tiring, no matter how routine they are.

So I ran up the hill to the house to grab my binoculars. I watched the chickadees and then scanned the woods for the bird with the unfamiliar song. Soon I saw it: a Carolina Wren. I’d thought that his was one of the songs that I could identify confidently, but I suppose I have more variations to learn. Oh well.

Then I climbed into the tree fort with my book in one hand, my binoculars in the other, and my brothers close behind me. Life doesn’t get much better than that. The boys took turns looking through the binoculars and swinging off the fort, neighbors stopped by, and I read at leisure, the birds providing a pleasing soundtrack.

The perfect day to spend outside. I’m glad I’m still in college.


At January 05, 2006 8:03 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

Hear, hear. It sounds perfectly idyllic. Birding and reading are the two activities that have taught me how to sit still.

At January 06, 2006 11:58 PM, Blogger Michaela said...

Um, so, when we finish college, we get locked in a small enclosed space and never see the sun again? Wow. I guess I'm glad I'm still in college too!

At January 07, 2006 2:00 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Of course. Don't you ever read about the graduates, Miki?

Farewell to college seems to mean farewell to anything Spreeish.

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