Tuppence a Bag

I have been fascinated by birds for quite some time.   I love the music that they make.  I enjoy relaxing outdoors on a nice, warm day and just focusing on the sounds of music.  The rhythm is sometimes consistent and predictable.  At other times, there is no discernible pattern.  Regardless, the music they make provides me a with relaxation and pleasure.

Sometimes, I wish I could fly like a bird.  Being able to fly to wherever I want to go would be so liberating.  No traffic, no TSA, just flap my wings and go.  I have had many dreams in which I could fly.  I just push off the ground and I can float in the air.  I move effortlessly from place to place as people marvel at my abilities.

On our family vacations, one of my favorite things to do is to feed the sea gulls at the beach.  It is so much fun for me to attract a flock of birds and give them small pieces of bread, pretzels, chex mix, or potato chips.  Even when there are no birds in sight, eventually one will come near and then several more will follow suit.  Some birds will come close enough to take food from my hand.  Some will catch food in midair as they fly overhead.  Some are more aggressive than others and I enjoy trying to get food to the more passive ones.

My wife and I moved into our apartment in June.  One of the nicest features about it is the sun room.  Off of the living room, we have a rectangular room with five large windows.  Although we have a great view of the parking lot, it a great place to sit and read, write, grade papers, or just relax.  Not long after we moved in, we went to Wild Birds Unlimited and bought a bird feeder and some food.   The birds stop by regularly to eat seed and suet.  It’s amazing how fast the food disappears.  And yes, we bought the one that is squirrel-proof!

I enjoy watching the birds.  And now that we have had our first ice storm of the Atlanta winter, it makes me feel happy that my wife and I are doing our part for Mother Nature.  One of my favorite songs from Mary Poppins is Feed the Birds.  It has a hauntingly beautiful melody using minor chords (which I love).  I don’t know if the birds know that I care.  But it does make me glad that I do.

Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you


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