The loons are back. So are the phoebes and so are the killdeer. So are the red-winged blackbirds, eastern towhees, wood thrushes and tree swallows. The trout lily and trillium are blooming, and I saw my first gray cross spider in my kitchen window last week. In May, I will be sure to see the ruby-throated hummingbird hovering above the sweet bee balm I planted last summer.There's something about the consistency of nature and her rhythms that make the unpredictability of life easier to take. There are so many things in one's life beyond our control, and each day we wake up not knowing for sure what might happen. A day you thought might end sweet may turn sour. Unexpected news may squeeze your heart in a painful grip. But nature you can count on. You may wake up with a heavy heart, but that robin will still be outside your window, singing with gusto.
Photos from the top down: a common loon and her baby; a ruby-throated hummingbird drinking from a bee balm plant; cedar waxwing eggs.
Nature's consistency may also remind us that although there are bumps in the road, life goes on. Trees are leafing out. Spring beauties are blossoming. Birds are busily building their homes as they've done for hundreds of summers before. Spring is moving onward no matter what. Life in all its forms moves on. And I know a heavy heart will feel sweet again.