At our school, we started a weekly notebook challenge a few weeks into distance learning. We created a few weekly invitations and invited students and staff to create in their notebooks and share on a community Flip Grid. It has been fun to see who posts and what they post.
Last week, Peter created the invitations, inspired by a Two Writing Teacher post on journaling. He invited us to take a look at objects around our home and categorize them. What has gained more importance since we’ve begun quarantining? What has become less important?
I immediately thought of the birds. I’ve been watching the birds for months now. I’ve always noticed them, but not like this. I notice them before I even get out of bed, their songs call me from my bed. I watch as I wash dishes, prepare meals, and unload the dishwasher. I lose focus on my tasks, lost in the noticing. I’ve been watching, thinking about how I could weave them into a story, a deeper meaning.
Today, I realize, I mostly want to express my gratitude for the small joy I’ve found in the watching.
Thank you to the proud robins, dutifully searching the lawn for worms while watching their nests carefully tucked into the corner of the kids’ treehouse and another nestled in the bush near the gate. To the sweet mother bird who sat watch over her nest and the one lone egg that sat unhatched long after her babies flew away.
Thank you to the shy cardinal who lurks around our bird feeder attached to the kitchen window. I’m grateful for your brave attempts to visit when I’m alone in the kitchen. I hope that one day you’ll feel safe enough to stay for a while…enjoy the birdseed.
To the sweet finches who have once again found the birdhouse hanging near our front door. I’m sorry we disturb you every time we open the door, causing you to flee your nest. I see you hovering close by. I promise we won’t hurt your babies.
Thank you to the blue jays. You have me wondering. I often notice you being chased out of the yard by the robins or the cardinal. What kind of mischief do you cause? Are you just having fun, teasing all of the other birds?
Thank you to the birds for choosing our yard to call your home. Thank you for showing up each and every day, adding new highlights to my day. I’m grateful you’re here.