Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Summer Arrivals

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Summer Arrivals

Article excerpt

I look forward to my official start of summer when the robins build their nests and await the outcome of the flight lessons of the young pilots emerging from powder blue eggs. What wonderful parenting.

The robins elaborately prepare for the mealtime of their offspring. The elders constantly stretch worms, compacting them in their beaks. What excellent family loyalty.

Does God speak to them, I wonder? Are some of their chirping invocations not a romantic melody or signals for where to forage, but rather a call to prayer, to thank Him Who gets them through a tough day?

When I was young and would mow our lawn, my father cautioned me, "Be careful to avoid the baby robins." Nothing would make him more upset than to see the disfigured form of a tiny robin.

In our backyard, before that creature had perished it had doubtless survived wanton attacks by blue jays and the watchful eyes of several neighborhood cats. …

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