Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Signs




I believe in signs. It can be the worst of days, a day when everything goes wrong, when a favorite thing breaks, a relationship goes awry, something ends that I was hoping would go on forever. The rain keeps falling. And then right in front of the window where I’m sitting, waiting for the sky to stop weeping, a catbird skims in for a landing and perches. It looks at me, flicks its tail, opens its beak and sings its catbird song, and suddenly I feel better. It’s a sign. My mother used to whistle that same song to the catbird that nested in the lilac by the door. “Sing,” the catbird reminds me, “even in the rain.”

Thanks, Mama.



photo credit: www.birdnature.com

10 comments:

riseoutofme said...

No catbirds either .... sigh. Just the puckish magpies this morning ... strutting and bullying to their hearts content. Even the fearless canine is somewhat subdued in their presence.

I too believe in signs .... I read a book by Deepak Chopra a while back called Synchrodestiny .... had me looking for signs and what appeared to be coincidences for weeks after ... and you know, it was amazing, THEY were everywhere! But I'm lazy, so .... now the sign has to jump up and hit me in the schnoz before I see it .... Sigh.

Mireille said...

Beautiful story and words...
I believe in signs ,too!
Have a nice day

Barbara said...

Pearls of wisdom...

meggie said...

I am always reminded of the words of Don McLean's song Winterwood, whenever I hear the birds joyous chorus after or during the rain.

"The birds like leaves on Winterwood
Sing hopeful songs on dismal days
They've learned to live life as they should
They are at peace with nature's ways."

Pauline said...

rise - I've ordered the book form our interlibrary loan. I'll let you know when I've read it - sounds intriguing.

mireille - thank you for stopping by. Your own site is wonderful!

ah Barbara - maybe...

meggie - it's my favorite of Mclean's songs

TheElementary said...

Signs are what connect the ordinary things to the amazing. I like the thought of everything being connected by a thread, even an invisible one. We just have to look for the signs.
I don't doubt that was a sign. And a most lovely one, too.

breaths of the heart said...

Beautiful words! My problem is so often I forget to open my eyes and SEE the signs!

Ruth D~ said...

Don't you feel so special when a sign, the catbird, lands right in front of you? You sound like an optimist in the midst of something less than joyful right now. But you just know it's going to get better.

herhimnbryn said...

It truely is those small things that lift us and enlighten us. It worked for you, didn't it?

I have a 'small' new blog up. It's link can be found at my mosaic place, if you'd care to drop by? I thought I'd mention it (so presumtuous of me!)as this post of yours is what my other place is all about.:)

Pauline said...

HHB - it's a LOVELY site! Thanks!

Ruth - I love signs and especially when they land right in front of me. My mantra is "things change" so what was yesterday is not today, thank goodness!

Thanks for stopping by breaths - I enjoyed visiting your site, too

So right, elementary!