For the Birds

The only thing I wanted for my birthday was a new birdfeeder. I wanted it positioned right outside my kitchen window so I could watch my birdies more closely. It took a couple weeks, but we finally found something that would work. Jeff and I installed the pole and I filled the feeder and waited.

And waited.

“They’re not going to come, mom,” Jeffrey said. “It’s too close to the window. They’re too afraid.”

“Just wait,” I said.

A couple weeks went by. Nothing.

Finally, we received our first visitor.

Little thief.

I waited some more.

“They’re not going to come, mom.”

Jeffrey expressed his opinion again this morning at breakfast. We were sitting in the bay enjoying our pancakes (well, I was having yogurt) when I had to get up to shoo away a couple ugly old Grackles. I sat back down.

“Do you remember Pitty-Pat?” I asked him.

Pitty-Pat was the wild cat that I managed to befriend and tame. He used to stalk my birds, so I knew I had to give him a taste of the easy life. He has since passed on to greener pastures.


“Remember how I first put food out in the meadow? And then gradually moved it closer and closer to the house? Until finally, he would sit in front of the French doors and meow at me to come feed him?”

“Yeah,” he said. “I remember.”

“Some things take time.”

Right about then, Lady Cardinal landed on the feeder and began to munch. And then…busy little Titmouse stopped by. Soon, a Purple Finch joined them.

I was afraid to breath. The boys grew quiet too.

“Happy birthday, mom. Just a little bit late,” Jeffrey said.

“See, it just took a little patience.”

“Patience,” Teddy said. “I don’t have any of that. I’ll check the archives.”

And the birds flew away.


  1. says

    It’s nice to know you’re seeing cardinals, our state bird. They’ve only recently been making a comeback, having been decimated by DDT. Robins, too, I notice are coming back. The miracle of nature to undo what harm was done.

    Enjoy the spectacle. . . bird-watching is its own stress-relaxant.

    Love Teddy’s comment.

  2. says

    I love you post dear friend and Happy Belated Birthday to you!

    We have two bird feeders just outside of our big living room window. The squirrels used to hang upside down and grab their seeds from the feeder. Amazing little acrobats they are…so versatile.

    We get cardinals, blue jays, finches, morning doves on the ground, sparrows, robins and many more. It is so fun and relaxing to watch them and they are so beautiful.

    I enjoyed your post today.

    Love you,

  3. says

    that is great! love your feeder, too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my feeder near the kitchen window! such a blessing to see the early morning feeders! 🙂

    Isn’t it just like US? We fear drawing too near to the Lord, but when we finally do (it takes time, ya know) we are blessed with more than we can feast on!! 😉

    hugs to you!

  4. says

    Waiting is not my strong suit – so the Father seems to be trying to correct that flaw in my heart. I have slooowly learned that His blessings are always worth the wait.

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