Today Ruth shared this on Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog:
“Writing allows me to notice the world, and writing gives me pause to appreciate the world.”
I have a love-hate relationship with the house sparrows that nest in the bushes under my kitchen window. “Love,” because they are birds. “Hate,” because they are not always kind to my beloved bluebirds. The house sparrows will claim a nesting box as their own with little regard as to who is already setting up house there. In the world of birds, house sparrows are bullies.
But this morning, the chubby sparrow perched on the snow-capped branch of the rhododendron gave me pause. He sat, observing, taking in the world, as his head moved in tiny jerks back and forth, back and forth. I wondered what he might be thinking. Maybe he was chuckling at the humans dashing by in their cars, refusing to pause to appreciate nature’s beauty. Maybe he was searching for a friend, hoping they could spend the day together. Or maybe he was planning his next takeover. I watched for a while until suddenly, he was gone.
For some reason, this morning I felt a kinship with this feathered friend who gave me “pause to appreciate the world.”
I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic