Monday, March 28, 2011
The Back Yard
I am happy to announce that it takes approximately twenty minutes to mow my entire lawn! and that includes cranking the mower! I finally got around to hauling all the old piles of leaves and dead limbs out to the street. The city started their own pile of lawn debris across the street, so I figured good timing for clean up! The Blessing of the Fleet is this weekend so the city is getting things into shape for that! There is really no schedule for picking up yard debris...you just put it out and they take it away 'whenever'. Also filled in the "pit bull" holes left by the previous tenants!
Finished the outside work just in time for the storm to hit. Rain poured down, thunder crashed and the wind whipped the trees about...but the most wonderful thing happened during the storm. A migration of birds (don't know what kind but they were small) flew over the building and right into the wind and rain. Thousands beat their wings against the wind then glided a few seconds before carrying on with their flight. The path zigged and zagged but on they flew...regardless of the weather.
I kept thinking...why not just stop, wait out the storm in the treetops, then carry on! But it was obvious that they were following a path that I couldn't see, led by instinct instilled at birth and timing that could not be forsaken for safety sake.
I hope I can identify with their courage to face the storms that come, flying into the wind with perseverence and knowing when to rest for renewed strength. We can learn a lot from little birds...