It has been a while since my last post to this blog. My day job has kept me from doing one of the things I love most, which is writing. But I won’t complain, because it’s the day job that also enables me to pay my bills!
Since returning from Louisiana, I’ve also been suffering from wicked allergies (that’s New England talk for really, really bad allergies). I’ve taken all sorts of anti-histamines, but the stuffy nose, watery eyes, and sneezing continues. It’s quite discouraging. In addition, it has been so windy out for over a week, that all of the pollen is just flying around all over the place.
I guess it’s just part of Spring. Aside from the allergic reaction that I seem to have to it, Spring is finally starting to break through from winter here. Yesterday I saw a very large Canadian goose fly over me. It was a very unique experience. I was walking into work when I heard the honking. Loud and deep was the sound, so I looked up to the sky to see what was making it.
The goose was one of the largest I’d ever seen. It’s wing span was so wide that I was drawn to watch, as the bird swept down low, then flew back up again. It was as if it was also enjoying the Spring day, using the wind to ride on. I continued to watch as the goose flew away, almost in an instant. It was traveling at high speeds on that wind. I’d never seen a bird fly that fast! It was such a beautiful sight to see.
Today I watched a robin. It amazes me how these birds don’t seem to be concerned that humans are around. They will almost come right up to me, and I wonder why that is so. In any case, this one particular robin was on its way to the mud puddle in the drive way. It hopped closer and closer, almost as if challenging me to scare it away. But I did no such thing. I figured if the bird needed a bath, or wanted to drink from that water, I was not going to discourage it.
As I watched, the robin finally jumped into the mud puddle and started flapping its wings. In a way, I almost felt as if I were invading its privacy. But the bird didn’t seem to care. It continued to bathe and have fun just flapping around in the puddle, as if confirming “spring is here!”
So with the large goose and the little robin, I too am trying to enjoy the change of season. I am grateful that winter is gone, and look forward to summer. If I were a bird, I would spread my wings like the goose and ride with wind, then flop around in a puddle in the warm sunshine.
But, since I’m not a bird, I guess I have to continue to take the anti-histamines and hope that summer comes quickly. I can’t wait.