The bottlebrush tree outside our dining room window is blooming which means:
a). more bumblebees are around
b). I’m sweeping our front steps more often because the tree sheds
c). we’re enjoying more frequent visits from hummingbirds
Needless to say, reason “c” is my favorite! There’s something about the sight of a hummingbird that always surprises me. Part of it is their small size and their amazingly fast speed. Because they do move so quickly, it can be difficult to catch a glimpse, which makes a hummingbird sighting all the more special.
There’s almost something incongruous about these very small creatures (their weight is measured in ounces) and their flying abilities. They can fly in all directions (including backwards), and the sound of their wings is reminiscent of a helicopter’s propellers.
The hummingbird is also the symbol associated with Papyrus Greeting Cards. In fact, every greeting card includes a protective paper which explains the legends involving hummingbirds.
Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
I like the fact that these hummingbirds are visiting our home during our meal time. I like to think that they keep returning because they see our family sitting together and sharing a meal, all the while talking and laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. For our life is rich, beauty does surround us, and my son is certainly my sweetest creation.