My mood gravitates between edgy and hopeful as fall unfolds. If the political darkness hides a dawn, I have yet to see the merest glimmer on the horizon. But my tiny house has come to be a comfortable haven. I spent a handful of happy hours puttering around the place yesterday; another declutter; a few more honest assessments of what I do not, after all, need on the counter.
The birds begin to show themselves with greater boldness at the river and in the trees overhead. I watched a heron launch herself from a high wire the other day, catching a shot just as her strong legs pushed from the metal in the easy morning light. I did not get a picture of the egret in a nearby tree. A truck roared past between my lens and the branches, startling her, sending her aloft. I watched with something close to envy as she glided down the course of the slough.
A quick flick of red tail launched a hawk from a telephone poll just ahead of my clunky shutter. But in the next moment, a crow held still while a single shaft of light glinted from her wing as I watched.
Soon I will celebrate my third anniversary here, just before Christmas, when the year’s end looms. By then our destiny as a nation will be written. I will not speak of my fear. I will walk with gentle steps as the finch flits overhead and the mourning dove coos. My soul has found some comfort here, amid the quiet strength of nature and the migrating birds. I sit on my porch, close my eyes, and listen to the wind in the trees while my coffee cools and the sun warms my tired face.
It’s the twenty-sixth day of the ninety-first month of My Year Without Complaining. Life continues.
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