Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mama Robin update

Can you see the bedraggled state of the mama robin's nest? You may click on the photo for a closer view. I'm not sure if any eggs have hatched yet. Again, I am struck with a human comparison; this time, a mother's house. Before the kids arrive, our homes are fairly organized and tidy. After they come, nothing is in its place. There is a kind of chaos until the last one leaves the 'nest.' And even afterwards, when a child, now adult, comes to visit. My girl was here for a while today, doing some laundry and using the treadmill. When she left, let's see, there was an open cheese package on the cutting board, my desk pen was on a kitchen windowsill, half a glass of water on the counter, and a stray sock on the laundry room floor. And it warms my heart.

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  1. I really identify even though my girl is only 14 months old. My husband and I recently had our first weekend away since she was born, and we came home to an empty, tidy house with no toys strewn across the floor, no sippy cups sitting around, etc. I realized then how much I actually LIKED the untidiness our little one creates and how in such a short time, she has completely changed our lives.

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  2. I think blogger just ate my previous comment. Anyway, I was relating to this post so much. My "baby" just moved back home, and her presence is quite obvious, though she was known on campus as pretty tidy. Her name is Robin, and we've always called the trail she leaves "Robin droppings". It's fun to have her, and her droppings, back.

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  3. I find that when my kids are home over the summer or on breaks, I don't clean up right away after they leave. I pick things up slowly--gradually returning to tidiness until they come home again.

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  4. Yes, and doesn't that nest look and feel so empty when the chick has gone despite the chaos left behind.

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  5. I know just how your mother's heart feels.. I remember those days as well...Dee Dee

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  6. Just want you to know that I love visiting your blog. You always have such beautiful photos posted. Thanks for always brightening my day. :)

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  7. Beautiful, where you live is so beautiful too. Clarice

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  8. Isn't that the truth...but I want mine to keep coming home regardless of the mess or what they leave behind.
    Been reading your blog for awhile now and love the pictures, and the books and your writing about the books you enjoy. Very inspiring.
    Mim

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