Spring has returned …

05-18-16

… and I was part of the welcoming committee today.

It was a beautiful morning, and, once I saw that sunshine peeking through the blinds, I was eager to get out and enjoy my walk.

It was a bit breezy though, and, while wending my way through Wyandotte, I heard the melodic tinkle of wind chimes as the wind stirred them slightly. The twittering of the song birds as they greeted one another up in the trees, along with those wind chimes, harmonized perfectly to make for a very peaceful walk.

I watched the wind as it chased those pesky, light-as-a-feather elm seeds from the trees, then scattered them en masse on sidewalks and lawns, and … even on me. They sailed through the air and soon my coat jacket was littered with those paper-thin seeds that will mingle with the moist earth or mulch and a lot of sunshine to produce thousands of weeds in a few weeks.

While that wind was just perfect for launching all the elm seeds, and carrying the potpourri of fresh lilac blooms straight to my nostrils, unfortunately, that breeze was just a little too strong for one tiny sparrow to fly. As I walked down the Boulevard, I saw a small brown speck hopping along a cement driveway.  When I got closer, I noticed it was a baby sparrow, just a bit of a bird, a tiny feathery ball of fluff, with a stubby tail, short wings and a beige beak.  He reminded me so much of my canary, though admittedly, he lacked Buddy’s mop top, white stomach and neck.  This baby sparrow was not sickly as it danced down the drive in record time and sure ran like heck as I approached. I talked softly to this scared baby bird, and imagined his tiny heart pumping so fast in its chest, as it was scared of the big human who loomed over it.  I wondered what happened to its mama and why she was not keeping track of her little one.  He tried to “lift off” a couple of times, but the strong breeze made him unsuccessful in his efforts.  I wanted to scoop him up and take him along with me.

I continued on my journey and on my return trip, he was still there, this time with another sparrow close by, presumably giving him TLC or some flying lessons.

I did some flying of my own today – I think the breeze carried me along. I made it back and forth in record time (for me anyway), though I am nowhere near my goal of walking five miles in under an hour by Labor Day 2016.  Maybe we’ll revise that goal to Labor Day 2017 instead!

I leave you with a little Wednesday wisdom:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. – Bill Shakespeare

[Image from Public Domain Pictures/18043 from Pixabay]

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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4 Responses to Spring has returned …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Its a beautiful day. The babies are all around us. Its a great feeling to be seeing these little ones.

  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………….wow…you’re making a goal of 5 mile in an hour that’s tremendous………………thank you for Mr. Shakespeare’s quote: one touch of nature makes the whole world kin……………….that’s it for me on your little story of the baby bird today…………………….

    • lindasschaub says:

      I heard the Governor say at the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge that he was proud to say he could do five miles in under an hour. I don’t think I can do that but I’m going to try. It is by end of the Summer and by then walking more miles, so I am hopeful. That little sparrow was a real cutie-pie and reminded me of Buddy. How are the goslings doing near where you live?

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