Mr. and Mrs. Mockingbird are officially empty-nesters. The day before yesterday I saw three fat little birds perched in different branches on the tree. They were just looking around, enjoying the view from outside the nest. One of the parents was supervising from a power line. That was the last I saw of the baby birds. I suppose they learned to fly that very day and are now finding their own worms.
Although I'm thrilled that Bill can go outside again because now I don't have to hear his claws scraping on the back door, I'm completely amazed by how quickly the baby birds grew up. I read that they leave the nest after 10 to 12 days. The dad continues to feed them and teach them to fly while the mom gets busy making a new nest. So this has got me thinking about how quickly the years with our children at home are going to fly by. I hope we make the most of it. Enjoy it to the fullest. I want to make the most of every stage and not wish it away for the next.
Forty-eight hours after the baby birds' exit from the nest I felt confident that it was safe for Bill to be set loose. I finally opened the door tonight and called him. He was very eager to get out there and I wondered what sounds he had been hearing and hoping to investigate. So that's the end of the mockingbird drama. I'm very happy it was only a drama and not a trauma. My dilemma now is whether I should remove the nest so that we don't run the risk of some other bird family moving in and taking Bill's freedom.
In other news, I took on a project this semester that has a mid-May deadline. So I am in the midst of working very hard on my regular job as well as this project. It is coming along but it is the kind of thing that requires concentration and long blocks of stillness. So, my dear friends, if I am out of the loop for the next month that is why. I will be back to pestering you with my emails and requests for lunch dates as soon as this is over. But any lunch dates between now and June must be to diet-friendly places because this project is financing our anniversary trip to Mexico! I have two words for you: bathing suit. And three more words: second-honeymoon-hottie.