Last night I lay awake for almost an hour listening to ‘my’ owl outside my bedroom window. The picture above is one I took two weeks back when I had been missing him. It had been so long since I had heard the sound of his voice and I was longing for it.
The night before the morning I took this picture, I had been wishing that I would hear or see him as he had become such a huge part of our first few years out here. He is one of the beauties that makes our country life so wonderful.
I took this picture of him through my blinds as not to disturb his perching and also for a selfish reason…I didn’t want him to leave. He gives me hope and happiness especially on my worst days and nights, and with last night being one of my worst pain days, it made it all the more special to hear his beautiful sound.
I expend so much of my daytime energy accomplishing things, keeping a positive attitude, and helping and contributing as much as I can, that when I finally do go to bed, it is usually a much needed respite for my body. It’s then that I spend my time before going to sleep, remembering those splashes of sunshine and splashes of happiness that brightened mine and my family’s lives each day and hearing him last night for almost an hour just chatting away was a beautiful splash of happiness in my day. My daughter came in and, of course, I shushed her so she could hear it. She was so surprised he was that loud and was wondering where he was as it seemed he was right outside the bedroom window.
She texted me later on during the night and said I can hear him all the way over here in the room she was staying in. It is on the other side of the house and I laughed when I read it. He is definitely loud but not that loud. We have four large oak trees that surround our home and we have found that he moves from tree to tree and back during the night.
It is these simple pleasures of seeing and hearing the owl, the hawks, the cardinals, the blue jays, the deer, bobcats, and hearing the coyotes howl during the nights. that make it a joy to spend time here in the country. As spring approaches, we will welcome even more wildlife, the hummingbirds will return, the painted buntings, many more doves, and, of course the rabbits, the wild turkeys, and all the forest animals, many bringing new life into the world.
On this very rainy and cold day, I am really looking forward to Spring paying us a visit soon but until then, I am grateful for last night…I only wish I could speak ‘owl’. 🙂
My lesson learned from my owl experience…never give up HOPE and remember that even in the worst of times, there are ALWAYS splashes of sunshine and happiness to be found…sometimes it may even be right outside your bedroom window.
May your day be filled with joy and love<3