“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
My birthday was recent. Several close friends, life-long friends, totally forgot that it was my birthday and that reality became sad for me to face. It was not about receiving gifts or even a card but that these people in my life of who I hold dear…completely forgot to verbally acknowledge my day. It happened and life goes on.
However, new friends provided a birthday song, company and sweet presents that I treasure.
Speaking of gifts, what I wished for was the arrival of chickadees at a feeder that I had recently put up. I dearly love watching this little bird.
On my Birthday, as I sat at a neighbors looking out the window into the forest, a single chickadee landed in a pine tree in front of the window. I got my wish! Better yet, the next day, a family of chickadees arrived at my feeder. Yeah!
At my former home, as I have written about, there is a family of chipmunks who came daily to feed on seed that I had put out for them. I was able to even pet them! Which is one of those awesome life events that happen, as far as I am concerned. I have dearly missed them since moving away.
I wondered, where I am now staying, if there were any chipmunks around. Another neighbor, when I asked, mentioned that she had never seen or heard any chipmunks in the year that she had been living here. And one day shortly after our conversation, I heard one barking in the forest nearby! Hmm, interesting!
The other day, while sitting in a chair near my open front door (which faces directly into the forest), to my surprise I looked up… and, there is a chipmunk sitting in the tree looking directly at me. WHOA! How did this happen? I greeted it saying aloud that I would put seed out everyday for it to eat.
My new visitor watched me intently as I slowly got up, walked outside and scooped seed from a container. I decided to put the seed on a nearby platform and then returned to my ringside seat waiting to see what this new arrival would do.
The chipmunk raced down from the tree branch, went directly over to where I placed the seed and stuffed its cheeks. It then raced up a tree limb, jumping from branch to branch and disappeared into the forest. It was the most beautiful acrobatic display you could imagine. It has since returned everyday since.
I do not know how long Zen and I will be at this location. However, I now know that wherever we go, nature will be there bringing visitors (as these recent ones) who show up bringing joy and delight.
In a world of turmoil, hatred and fear, my life is blessed with these simple gifts that bring comfort and solace for my soul. It overrides unimportant events like someone forgetting your birthday.
Nature is a gift and card from Spirit.