Cedar Waxwings by the Window

Knee surgery recovery tends to quiet the writing mind. Inevitably, even as the recovery overall goes well, there are also days like today when I feel crummy.

Standing alone in the kitchen, I notice a flock of cedar waxwings perched in the bare-branched tree outside my second-floor window. I have never seen these stunning birds so close. I unconsciously hold my breath, then have to exclaim out loud. “Cedar waxwings!”

And my malaise turns around instantly with a single unpredictable moment of nature.

I think now of the many times I have chosen to visit spectacular wilderness destinations, sometimes hiking there for days. I love taking the extended time to savor beautiful places. But what truly grounds my life, daily, are the sweet surprises in nature like this one, when a rarely seen flock of lovely birds poses just a few feet away.

Photo of a Cedar Waxwing by Mitchell Yee

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