Thursday, August 19, 2010

For Dayle's Simple Pleasures: Birds

Birds are tiny creatures that bring an abundance of wonder to the world.

They are definitely among life's most treasured yet simple pleasures.

Seeing birds soar through the air, without a care in the world, makes us realize that God is truly in charge. He watches over the littlest of His creatures with tender, loving care.

It's comforting to hear choruses of birds early on summer mornings.

Because I love  living birds, a bird collection evolved at our house. They line windowsills in one room and are perched on a mirrored tray in another.

One humorous bird story recalled while writing this post takes me all the way back to the first grade. Now, believe it or not, that was a long time ago!

The first grade teacher, Mrs. Bonneville, liked to try to fool her charges on April Fool's Day.  She had gotten most of the students in the class on little things, like saying their shoe laces were untied or their pencils were on the floor. However, she wasn't able to fool me until she walked over to the window and exclaimed, "Oh, my, there's the first robin of spring."

I jumped out of my seat and ran to the window, not wanting to miss a glance of robin redbreast. Of course, Mrs. Bonneville chuckled when she saw me craning my neck at the window, trying to get a glance of the robin.

     "April Fool, Susan," she laughed. She got me. That was bad enough but even worse was the fact that I didn't get to see a little robin after all!
This Simple Pleasure Party is hosted by Dayle at This and That. Please go to her blog   and read all about other peoples' ideas of what constitutes a simple pleasure!



Chatty Crone said...

Birds are a pleasure to watch - this is a good one Susan.

And your teacher, while having a good personality - really disappointed you.


Dayle said...

This is such a unique simple pleasure, Susan. I so enjoy seeing what my blogging buds come up with each week. I love it!

Ms.Daisy said...

I never thought of birds being a simple pleasure but they really are! They are always entertaining us and we pay them no attention. Thanks!


Gayle said...

Love this.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Susan, great minds think alike ... Bird watching was on my list of simple pleasures. I went ahead and posted mine as no two posts are alike -- and it truly is a simple pleasure to be enjoyed by all. Best wishes always, Tammy

sarah said...

watching birds...and seeing them in flight is the best thing ever. You said it well too...seeing them without a care always reminds me He is in control...loved this post.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi again Susan, I just visted Claus and see that she won your giveaway. This must have all happened while I was in the States as I missed it somehow. So happy to know that she won. She is such a sweetie and is a faithful visitor to my little corner. Great little gift set she received. wishing you all the best, Tammy

Jennie said...

I've always loved gold finches the best! They're so tiny and vibrant...but I think they're kind of feisty too! Despite not being a huge animal-lover, I do have a special place in my heart for birds. I remember looking forward to trips to my grandmother's house in the summertime because she was surrounded by feeders. I'm certain my appreciation for them came from her!

Debbie said...

Goodness, this is ANOTHER great simple pleasures week. I've seen a foot bridge, a mother reading to a child, and NOW I have a fellow bird lover. I just love sitting on the deck or by the window and watching the birds.

It's a favorite thing.

I love your story. Even though you didn't see the robin, you did learn that your teacher loved you enough to notice what you loved.

That's another simple pleasure, yes?

Claus said...

There is bird which I only hear singing during summertime. When I start listening to it sing around, I know summer is on its way, and since I love summer, I love the bird!! Curiously enough, I haven't seen it ever! how strange is that? Still, is my favorite one :-))
have a pretty day!

Whispers of Grace said...

I like decorating with birds, too. Love listening to the real ones sing!

Cindy said...

I've never really thought of a bird as a simple pleasure, but I can assure you I will be looking at them differently from now on.

I have several birds I love to watch. I love the cardinal because I love the color. So pretty, and he hummingbirds, I could watch them for hours, those little wings fluttering.

Hope you have a blessed day.

Susan said...

Thanks for all your wonderful comments, girls! Loved that you all visited.

And WELCOME to Sarah, this blog's 134th Follower. Hope you visit often, Sarah!

Also hope each of you has a GREAT Thursday! Love, Susan

skoots1mom said...

love the birds and the story!

diane stetson said...

I have a cuckoo bird that comes out every half hour and every hour on my clock that I bought in Germany..I love to hear it but shut it off at night..ha ha...I love watching humming birds which are all over my yard this summer. Dad fed the birds all the time remember?

BECKY said...

My favorite is the cardinal! Both the beautiful male which has the brighter, red colors, and the female with more brown and hints of red. I love them for their beauty and their gorgeous chirping!

Susan said...

Whoops, made a typo above. Sarah is this blog's 124th Follower, not 134th. So sorry.

Welcome, Sarah! Come back often to visit, okay? Love, Susan

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