Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Feast of St. Basil the Great

Tuesday, 01 January

We awoke in the morning to the sound of many small voices singing, hundreds of them, from every branch and perch in the neighborhood.  "Who has arrived?" I asked, heading for the window.  Robins! A whole flock of robins, chirruping for blocks around.

And the main attraction?  The giant holly tree at the corner of our house, laden with tens of thousands of berries.

"Poor tree," I said.  "They'll eat all your berries."

"They couldn't possibly eat that many!" said Demetrios.  "Not even this many robins could do that."

But the Holly Tree nodded and said, "That's what I'm here for."

By time we left for church, not a single berry was left; the birds were reduced to searching the berries on the ground, to see if any were edible. 

By time we got back from church, there wasn't a robin in sight.

The Holly Tree nodded and said, "Happy feast day!"

There's another holly out back, a different sort; the robins left it alone.


amy said...

This is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing. It's good to be reminded that the animals can feast, too! They are, after all, a reflection of His glory †

GretchenJoanna said...

Happy Feast Day! indeed...lovely story. "That's what I'm here for."