Monday, January 17, 2011

and the songbirds keep singing like they know the score

this summer, i did not need an early alarm.


every day, at 6:30 in the morning, like clockwork. i was sweetly, softly, pulled awake.


by a singsong. a melody unlike any other. a little falsetto followed by a short lived baritone. a songbird.


our bed is right beside a window. a big, old window that faces a meadow and a clothesline. blueberry bushes and apple trees.


and when the weather was just warm enough, little birds. i kept the blinds closed to keep out the blinding sun, so i never saw firsthand this delightful alternative to my timex, but it knew exactly, precisely, how much time i would need to wake up, prepare myself for the day, and head out in my honda in time for work.


i named him roger. i presumed him to be male, but in reality, it might have been a lovely lady bird.


yesterday morning, with  hours left to sleep before church, my heating pad on a delicious full blast, and pablo curled at my toes, i heard a familiar, albeit all but forgotten chorus.


roger was back. the brief reprieve of warmth that came with the weekend was enough to draw him out of winter hiding and back to my windowsill.


they're calling for more snow in north carolina this weekend, and inevitably, roger will return to where he came from. storing up those sweet vibratos for springtime.


but at 6:30 on a sunday morning, i was reminded.


that every day brings new surprises. new beginnings. new blessings.


and yes, 


new chances to puff up our chests, look toward the heavens, and sing a song of joy toward a Creator who listens, and who always knew we'd come back. no matter how long we've been away.

25 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

There's nothing better than being awakened by the sound of praises to our Creator, is there? I relish the thoughts of Spring when my songbirds will return to my home. Happy Monday!

my best friend jules said...

I love summer and waking up to birds singing :) I wish that was the way to wake up every morning!

xx Mervi

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In My Tennis Shoes said...

ahhhh, very refreshing... a taste of spring?

the southern hostess said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love that last line.

bethani said...

song birds are wonderful to have around - my aunt out in west texas has zillions of them every morning as a wake up. i'm terrible jealous i can't just take a few home with me. they are a wonderful reminder that there is life beyond just us.

Daydream Living said...

Indeed, a little taste of what is to come...Spring! Enjoy your Monday Courtney!
Maureen x

Thisisme. said...

How lovely that your little songbird came back to see you, if only briefly because the cold weather will be coming back. I think that every season is a miracle and very soon that little bird will be singing away to you every morning, and you will know that Spring has arrived!

Shalyn said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I so look forward to your posts, Courtney. And that is something I can only say about a handful of blogs. What a lovely way to wake up in the morning and be reminded of such beautiful things! Have a great Monday:-)

Amanda Moury said...

Every day IS new and beautiful :) Thank you for the reminder :)

Ana* said...

I LOVEEE the last paragraph. It's like the creator always expects us, even when we think we will never come back.

becca said...

i want spring to come now

Haley K said...

I can just imagine Roger being the cutest little guy :) How neat to have a songbird wake you up! And spring is just around the corner...yipee!

And what you said about our Creator always welcoming us back, no matter how long it has been...SO true. Happy Monday girl :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i'd so much rather be awoken by that than my alarm clock!

The Bella Life said...

Love this post. It reminds me of a little sparrow that perches atop our tiny chinese lantern porch lights every night. I think he comes back each night to keep warm. You've inspired me to name him.

-Camberley

Kimbirdy said...

every morning is a new opportunity. i love that!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Amen.

mskanorado said...

This is a beautiful post! I am in love with it, especially the last paragraph! Lovely, lovely!

b. lee said...

oh my word ~ the title of ur post -- before even reading; sparked a delightful memory of my best-est gal friend of 20 yrs. making me a mixed tape b4 she moved miles away, with Eva Cassidy's version of Songbird * thank u for the sweet memory & the brilliant story of little "Roger" :)

lindsay said...

so beautiful miss. and oh how i would love to have songbirds outside my window to help remind me of these things you have expressed :)

i look outside and see squirrels running all round, birdies taking a bath in the neighbors bird bath, and bunnies digging in our yard (my husband does not like this, but i still think they are cute!) every day i am reminded how beautiful life really is...thank you for recognizing this as well and sharing with us your beautiful experiences :)

hope you had a beautiful weekend followed by an equally beautiful monday!

xoxo

Amber Blue Bird said...

birdie songs in the mornings make for a lovely day

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Oh this is lovely! What a wonderful way to wake up :) This post actually reminds me a lot of Anne of Green Gables. Have you read it? If you haven't you definitely should. It's really positive and sweet, like this post :)

Vic said...

beautiful! your words are so true! nothing better than waking up to such a beautiful noise that god created and looking forward to new beginnings. xoxo

Holly said...

Cute! Roger sounds adorable!

Confessions of A Confused City Girl said...

You're writing is amazing. This is beautiful. For one, they call me songbird and Wherever you live sounds like a piece of heaven, i'd love to wake up to a meadow, bluberry bushes and apple trees!
I guess some people find the concrete jungle beautiful in it's own way.

Btw, You have been tagged the "Stylish and Versatile Blogger's Award"... Check it out on my blog later today!

~Sherine
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Confessions Of A City Girl

{av} said...

as always, such a beautiful post, my dear! I'm so glad Roger came back...and I'm so jealous the birds are back in NC. Can you send them to RI please and thank you?! xoxo {av}

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