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Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
A bird nest in a strange place

Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: What bird is always sad?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

I hope everyone is doing okay. Last week I heard about a lady in Ripley who had a bird build a nest on her front porch banister. Upon hearing about this, I decided to talk a little about bird houses and bird nests this week. It’s the time of year when birds are building nests, laying eggs and feeding baby birds. At last count, we have eight bird houses in our yard. Almost every time I walk past one, the momma bird flies out or I hear baby birds chirping.

In addition to the bird houses, I’ve spotted bird nests in two of our holly trees and in our grape vines. The other day my cousin Theodore and I were sitting on his back porch watching the momma birds feed their babies. Like me, he has a lot of birdhouses. Right before I got there, he and my son saw a hummingbird fly by. I haven’t seen a hummer at our house yet, but I keep watching.

Birds sometimes build their nests in the strangest places. The Killdeer nest on the ground and one year a momma bird constructed her nest right up against a gravestone in our cemetery. She kept flapping her wings along the ground in a show of injury trying to draw our attention away from her nest filled with eggs. A couple years ago, for the first time in my life, I saw a cardinal nest and baby birds nestled in my cousin’s grapevine. One year a robin constructed a nest on top of a ladder we had leaning up against our building. We had to wait until the babies left before we could use our ladder. We’ve had them build nests in our hanging planters, in the elbow of our gutters, under the lid of our propane tank and behind the light fixture up above our garage doors.

But the most unusual place we found a nest one year was under the hood of our son’s truck. The truck was parked in our yard and he hadn’t driven it for a while. We kept noticing birds flying under it and we went to check it out. We raised the hood and there was a nest full of eggs sitting on the engine.

Where is the strangest place you’ve found a bird nest?

This Sunday, May 9, is Mother’s Day.

I miss the Center at this time of year. I remember two years ago we celebrated Mother’s Day with a ‘Hats Off to Mothers’ celebration. We started the day with the ladies of the Center getting the chance to visit the Crazy Crafter’s Flower Shop. Carmen and I had pretty pots for all the mothers to plant flowers in. Everyone put on gloves and aprons and had a fun time planting colorful dianthus flowers. Butterfly sticks, which we had made in craft class two weeks earlier, were placed among the flowers in their pots. Everyone who wanted to participate had a pretty pot of flowers to take home with them.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Answer to riddle: A blue jay!