out of sync

This search for happiness can knock us out of sync with God. As the life of Jesus makes clear, keeping in sync with God is about obedience. Any other pursuit will get in the way.
Franklin Graham

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(the grackles are back / Julie Cook / 2015)

A common visitor to the yard, in the quiet dull grey winter months, is the common grackle.
A lanky gregarious bird who reminds one of that over the top boisterous relative who comes periodically to visit, wreaking havoc on one’s usually quiet, calm and orderly world.
The grackles swoop in by the hundreds, like a giant black undulating cloud, shape shifting against th bleak cold backdrop of sky.
Loud,
noisy,
obnoxious. . .

So imagine my confusion today when that oh so familiar black squawky loud cloud of winter descended on the yard in the middle of a hot, sweltering August morning.
Hummmm. . .

They swooped in by the hundreds—darting through the early morning sprinklers spraying a desperately thirsty lawn. They chased the regular birds from the feeders. They pecked and groused at the mourning doves. They filled the trees like a million black frigidity leaves. They devoured the stale bread I’d thrown out for the crows. Even the rabbits ran for cover when the shifting black cloud landed, blanketing the lawn like a heavy black curtain.
The silent genteel Southern morning calm now punctuated with the herky jerky jabbering din of chaos.

As to why this unseasonal visitation, I can’t exactly say—but I will say that it has brought a bit of lively vigor to this otherwise oppressively hot, dog day, sensory dulling, summer’s end. . .
I can’t help but feel a bit out of sync with this topsy turvy season business and wonder what, or more precisely who, just might show up next. . . .

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4 comments on “out of sync

  1. Melissa says:

    Love tiny surprises

  2. Lynda says:

    What a surprise in the middle of summer! It would be interesting to know what happened in the area where the grackles spend the summer – was there a change in climate this summer? Are they on route to a different place? Perhaps they have decided to invade Canada in exchange for the Canada Goose that migrates south in the winter and causes havoc in the U.S. An interesting puzzle. Blessings on your week.

  3. Oh Julie, don’t let those grackles set up shop in your trees and yard. We had a nightmare here years ago when they came and nested in the bamboo in our alley. They ran all the song birds off and early in the morning and right before dark the noise of literally hundreds and hundreds of them were deafening. Every year when they migrate in from Mexico in February, I have to go out regularly and run them out of the yard before they start nesting in my trees. You’re gonna laugh, but the only way to do that is to make a whole lot of noise. So I get a wooden spoon and a pan and go bang on it until they all leaves. It only takes a few of times before they quit coming to my yard. It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t run off all my other birds. Yes, I am a crazy lady! Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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