Each morning, my kids and I hang out at our bus stop, waiting for the school bus. We live in a forested area. Being winter, all the leaves are gone and we can see into the dense trees, something you can't do during the other seasons.
I love to look for birds and squirrels as we stand there waiting for the bus. As far as birds go, we have blue jays, robins, cardinals, sparrows, finches, and woodpeckers. Squirrels run around the trees and we love to watch them.
For whatever reason, my youngest son began calling the squirrels 'turtle monkeys.' Today he kept trying to tease me by pointing somewhere in the trees and calling out "There's a turtle monkey!" And of course, I would look and he would laugh at me. He asked me if turtles can jump. No, I say, they can't. The funny little ideas that go about in kids minds....
Several weeks ago while waiting for the bus, we saw a robin get run over by a car right in front of us. Miraculously, the robin survived and flew away. It must have gotten in between the wheels and tossed about by the wind current the car made. Despite the happy outcome, it was rather traumatic to watch.
Stand at the bus stop. Learn about life and death, jumping turtles, and the effects of cars on robins.
I can't believe it is February already. If the groundhogs prediction is in any way accurate, the trees will start to bloom soon. Spring was early last year and I remember by the end of March, I was planning my garden. By April, I had been able to plant some things. I guess it's time to start thinking about those things soon. Happy Valentines Day!