Monday, February 23, 2009

February Gifts

We returned home from our out-of-town getaway just in time for my seven-year-old's 110th day at school. Each student was given 110 sunflower seeds to feed the birds. What a wonderful idea! With at least a month left in our Winter here, it reminded me to refill our birdfeeders for our colorful little backyard visitors.

I gave one-hundred and ten presents.
One-hundred and ten, did I say?
I gave one-hundred and ten presents
one cold and wintry day.

I didn't put my name on them
or any other words,
because my presents were sunflower seeds
for the February birds!

--Aileen Fisher

13 comments:

TheWritersPorch said...

A wonderful poem and a wonderful welcome back to you!

Peggy said...

Thank you so much, Carol! It's great to be back home again. I'm not much of a traveler, and it's amazing to me how much I miss my regular schedule. I guess I really am a creature of habit! :-)

Joanne said...

It's nice to travel, but there's no place like home! The birds will be glad you're back too! What a nice idea with the sunflower seeds. Sometimes the simple things are so sweet.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I agree with Joanne about the simple things. Good for the birds, good for children to learn to care for all creatures great and small. Welcome back!

Sydney said...

Peggy - I can't believe this photo -- is if your hand or someone you shot holding the seeds? And the poem could not be more charming (and fitting). Was the 110th day celebration and seeds a part of learning the poem at school or did this all come together for your blog? If the latter, I am flattened with astonishment!

BTW---Welcome home. Good to have you back ;-)

Peggy said...

Joanne and Meri, it's true, isn't it? The magic is in the simple things. :-)

Sydney, isn't it funny how things sometimes come together? I wasn't going to post about birds and seeds at all today, but Corban came home from school with this little bag of seeds and the poem attached for the 110th day of school. I had this picture in my scrapbook and thought they would work well together!

julie king said...

oh that chickadee is so adorable. i've missed feeding the birds this year. glad you're home and had a good trip.

willow said...

Welcome back, bloggy! You've been missed!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

That is such an inspired idea!

Peggy said...

Julie, it's so nice to see you again! :-)

Oh, Willow, I'm blushing! It's good to be back.

Pamela, isn't the seed idea wonderful? :)

Derrick said...

Hello Peggy,

I add my welcome too! Tom over at Summit Manor was also feeding the birds the other day.

Fortunately, we have lost the snow now but I imagine the birds would still appreciate goodies like these!

Poetikat said...

Hi Peggy! Nice to see you back. I hope you had a good time.
I love this little poem. It's so charming and the picture is enviable. I have tried many times to get the visiting black-cappers to land on my person, but they are far too flighty and skittish. (It may be due to the four cats on the inside looking out!)

Around here, you'd need 110,000 seeds!

Kat

Peggy said...

Nice to see you, Derrick. Yes, it's been a long winter. Where would our little noisy visitors be without our help with seeds this winter?!

Kat, I think the four cats might be a deterrent, yes! Yikes! When our cats roam outside on the summer, I definitely notice our bird population frequents other, safer places. Smart little buggers, aren't they?! :-)