The birds are chirping and as I look to my right I see two robins doing what appears to be a love dance of sorts. Two robins hop around in a circle, just about a foot from each other, tweeting away, then they fly up about three feet and spin in mid air, belly bump and drop to the ground. This beautiful love dance, as I call it, continues on and on until they fly off into the blue skies above the pond full of red winged black birds.
It’s a beautiful experience, this living in the country, an experience that I am grateful for my children to be able to have as part of their memories from childhood. The bullfrogs taunting them as they walk around the pond anxious to capture any wild life they can, such as a tadpole, salamander or maybe just maybe a turtle. The wild life must know the kids wish to capture them because they stay just out of reach, only the young frogs that are not quite old enough to know better are easy to capture and release back to home once the kids have checked them out and fed their curiosities of these slimy green-ish creatures.
The pond has come to life and so has the woods, the grass and the world, it is Spring time and the animals, reptiles, birds and such are all ready to mate. Spring is that first season after a long, dark and limited sun exposure Winter. Spring is the time for rebirth, new growth and it brings happiness to all around; whether furry, slimy or winged.
I love the look on my kids faces as they watch wildlife in it’s natural setting; a six acre lot with a pond and wooded area as well. This is where I grew up, this is where I spent many a days and nights capturing frogs, salamanders and caterpillars. This is the place I moved with my parents while they were still married, to live in a home, a real home so that my sister and I could have a place to call home. Thirty one years later I still call this place home and have been blessed to live here the past year and a half, but now the time has come to move on and to find a place that my kids can call their home. Home means different things to many people but it essentially means the heart of the family, the one place everyone can come to and feel safe, secure as well as happy.
I am moving to our home, another chapter in the many chapters of my life, this one being a positive step in a wonderful direction that makes my heart smile. Thank you nature for being so wonderful to my sister, me and my children; you have truly given us many memories to hang onto when a rainy day gets us down.