Mother sat in her rocking chair before the sliding glass door watching the activities of the nuthatches, chickadees, juncos, and bluejays, our most frequent visitors. Their chirping was her winter music, their antics an amusement that brightened her day in a progressingly confused world.
As Mother watched these birds midst storms and below zero temperatures, it brought back memories as she told stories of her childhood. She also sang the song her grandmother sang to her about the birds on their farm.
Bird watching is an enjoyable activity for children and helps develop their interest in nature and the creatures of the out-of-doors. Shut-ins find much pleasure in watching bird feeder visitors outside their windows, too. Often nursing homes have these feeders outside the windows to entertain their residents. When Mother eventually moved to a home, she enjoyed watching the birds there, too.