Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Dec. 15, 2005)
Little red visitor says Christmas
Its difficult to find a parking spot at the
Super Store and once there the checkout line is long. Shoppers are bustling to and
fro trying to find just the right gifts for their list of names.
|Photo by Karen Mitchell Tremmel
|A crimson-colored cardinal: An
unexpected guest for dinner.
Now, Marta sent us over a cake last year and Brian a box of candy. The
Smiths, remember, came over on Christmas day with a basket of marmalade and
biscuits and dont forget Bob and Mary, they need a little something special
Every aisle is filled with chatter.
Is this good enough for Jim? Do you think it will fit him?
Shoot, you remember what Ellen got me last year
a pair of purple
stretchy magic gloves. She didnt give that a minute of her time or thought
we went everywhere trying to find her that
pink sweater. No way, girlfriend
all shes gettin from me is
socks this year.
I have to smile. Feeling in a foreign world I head toward this seasons
greeting cards. Theres cards with buff bodies dressed in Santa suits, snowy
towns with cross peaked steeples, dogs with bulging eyes, funky reindeers and gold
Im looking for something simple
perhaps an illustration of a cardinal
or chickadee. At the very least something with nature but there is nothing to be
found. I turn to my mother-in-law and best friend, Perhaps I should just go
home and make my own cards. She smiled and agreed, wed probably find
something more suitable.
Its misting rain outside. A gray squirrel is working his way up the tree in
an attempt to access the feeder, when unexpectedly a bright, crimson cardinal
appears as if a sudden splash of sunshine in the middle of a gray day
when all was previously silent. Quickly I reach for my camera and while balancing
my elbow upon the top of my computer monitor I attempt to capture the moment
an unexpected gift.
Lifting his prominent crest, the male cardinal turns his black face toward me and
stares, as if he was appearing on stage and aware of this photo opportunity. He
takes a moment to show off his good side and then continues to partake
of the offerings at the feeder. I take a deep breath and there it is
image Id been searching for while in the Super Store. The cardinal, a promise
of hope and cheer, a splash of crimson on a wintry day, the classic symbol of the
season to share with you while back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.