I love reading in the garden. There is nothing like curling up in my wooden swing with a good book while the sounds of nature buzz around me.
As I sit in the garden, book in hand, birds are flitting from tree to tree, stopping every once in awhile to pluck a worm from the ground as they make their way back to their chirping nests filled with baby birds. Bumblebees are buzzing around sampling the last bit of nectar from what remains of the lilac bushes while ants invade the peonies that are growing along the fencerow.
My antique roses are growing wild, and they are finally offering enough blooms to cut. For the first time in three years, I have an abundance of flowers springing up that I can cut for arrangements and I am excited at the thought having fragrant flower-filled vases to spread about the house.
Just when I settle into the heart of the novel I am reading, which happened to be an arc of Deception by Kris Kennedy, I hear several small but insistent chirps coming from underneath the Bradford Pear tree.
Upon investigation, I discovered this little bird looking around inquisitively. The night before we had a horrible windstorm, apparently the nest blew over in the strong gusts displacing this poor little bird.
My heart broke for this baby bird. I wanted to scoop it up and care for it, although it is illegal to do so in the county in which I live. I sat down on the stone bench close to the tree watching the baby bird as it surveyed his surroundings. Finally, after a few minutes of hopping about, the baby bird found the courage to test his wings.
It took him a few tries although he finally made it off the ground. At first, he seemed surprised at his ability to fly then he finally made it to a low hanging tree branch before flying off to the neighbors’ yard.
That baby bird reminded me that there comes a time when we too must try out our wings for the first time. Every journey starts with a single step, and as I put the finishing touches on my first novel and enter into contract negotiations with the publishing company, I have made the first step on my journey to becoming a published author.
I know that there will be hills and valleys along the way but I know that one day all my hard work and determination will have been worth it.
Books Read This Weekend:
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi
Jesse by C.H. Admirand
Deception by Kris Kennedy
I hope to be writing from here next Sunday: