Sometimes, you just have to take a breath and look at the world. Or, out your front door and onto a wreath, where a robin built a perfect nest.
For at least the last three weeks, I’ve been hosting a new family of robins. It was pure magic to see the mother twist the last pieces of grass in place. When she sat, I began a log. After she laid her fourth and final egg, I began counting the days. On day 12, the eggs hatched.
Along the way, I invited my friend, Eric, over for a look. As his father lifted him up, Eric looked at the eggs and said, “Wooooowww!” as only a four-year-old can.
Every guest or family member who visited expressed the same wonder.
No one rushed to Google “robin” on their phones. Instead, there were conversations about the nest, the occupants, their growth, the male and female robins. Our front porch became off limits to the usual foot traffic. Even the drop-off dry cleaning man got into the spirit, and suggested another place to hang his deliveries.
It’s learning opportunities like this one for which we parents need to keep watch. Teaching kids of all ages to respond to the natural world is extra special when a parent models that behavior. Also, learning at home never requires a workbook. Birds’ nests are wonderful parent resources for wonder and curiosity.
Finally, I’m reminded that some of our youngest children are never afraid of wondering. To quote four-year-old Eric, “Wooooowww!