Wednesday, April 8

A Blue Heron and Canada Geese

On Tuesday, I picked the boys up from school. While I was waiting for the boys to get out, a pair of Canadian geese flew right over the road beside the school. They were very low in the sky. It was as if I could reach out and touch them. I put my hand in my pocket when I saw them camera. I remembered that I had taken the camera out of my pocket to recharge the batteries.

Brandon asked me if I would drive him to the grocery store. Michelle is still recuperating from her surgery and is unable to drive. I told him sure. Jordan stayed home with Mom and Brandon and I set out to do our shopping.

On our way home, we passed the pond where the Canada geese have been hanging out. We figure that they are going to nest there. I told Brandon I thought the geese I had seen over at the school was the same pair. We stopped by the side of the road to see if we could spot them. They weren't there.

Just as I was getting ready to pull away, Brandon said, "Grandma, there's a big bird in there. I just saw it flap its wings." He pointed it out.

A beautiful Great Blue Heron was standing in the marsh and moving slowly toward the pond. We watched it for between 10 and 15 minutes. How interesting to see this magnificient bird searching for a meal. Brandon couldn't believe that it could stand perfectly still for such a long time.

"If it hadn't flapped its wings, I wouldn't have seen it," he told me. We marveled at how close its colour was to the marshy wetland.

It was an interesting moment for both of us and one that neither of us will soon forget. This is something that I really should write in Brandon's journal. Since the boys were little, I've been keeping journals for both of them, but haven't written in them for sometime. It's time to dust them off and make some notes to help them remember one day when they are older.

I also want to start a family journal for each of them that tells of family history. Who was who, when they were born, who they married, how many kids they had and when they passed on. I really need to get at this, as once Mom is gone, I will have lost a fountain of knowledge.

Do you keep a journal for your kids or grandkids? If so, what kind is it? Is it a family history journal or a memories journal?
Well, tomorrow is the day when the plumbers come to dig up the flower bed, chip away the foundation and replace the broken pipe. Then they will have to mix cement, patch the foundation and replace all of the soil. They are to be here at 8:30 AM. It's going to be a stressful day and another day of searching out a washroom at the gas station. I will be glad when it's over. I'm going to try to get some photos. We shall see. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Mary,great posting.I hope Michelle gets well soon.Hugs my friend.

  2. I love Canadian Geese....when I played golf with my brother back in Colorado, the golf course we frequented had Canadian Geese all over the hear them squawk while we invaded their territory was a hoot. And herons...we have them around here a lot.

  3. Just over a year ago, I began compiling some material about my ancestors (just getting back to great grands and so on), but I only got as far as my paternal grand's side. I do want to do the rest. My mother put a lot of notes in a photo album, and they are my main source of information.

  4. I love to watch herons. We had one at our pond not so long ago plus they nest on the island at the lake. We ride by in our boat to see how many we can see. As you know I made a book with historical data for Owen and each nephew and niece, so you need to get to writing one for the boys. Peace

  5. What a gift to give those boys.... a Journal...... You are a writer by the gift of God and what a gift to pass to those beautiful grand sons...

    Such a grandmother you are!

    Love love love the pictures...... I am going to start walking the park and the lake that sits in the middle is alive with the geese......... I so love watching them..... No Blue Heron though.. will have to just look at your picture for that..

  6. Neat that you and Brandon got to experience the bird sighting together. I used to keep journals for both my girls-but life seemed to get to busy and I quit. I'm glad I did it during their toddler years-but wish I had kept up with it as they got older.

  7. What a lovely gift to give to your grandsons...a journal! I never thought of doing that. I'm sure they will cherish their journals someday!

    When my grandma was still living, we made a video of her while she told us all the family history she could remember. She lived to the age of 105 years and 4 months. My children were amazed at her when we made that video. I also got a lot of family info from my mom and her sisters over the years, too. One day, I need to sit down and format it all on paper. We can trace back to the American Revolution...I really should get at that project soon!

    That blue heron must have been so exciting for Brandon! You do so much with those boys...they are so fortunate to have a grandma like you!!!

    Hope Michelle is coming along well after her surgery, too!

    A very Happy and Blessed Easter to you and your family, Mary!

    ((( HUGS )))

  8. I wish I had journalled my grandmother's stories. They didn't seem too important when I was young. Your efforts would be a great gift to the boys.

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