Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Heads or Tails Tuesday *Mother*

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As most of you know, I was raised by my paternal grandparents. They are the two greatest influences in my life. Although they are physically gone now, I still feel them with me every day.
My grandmother was my 'mother' in every sense of the word. Some of the moments when I very strongly feel my grandmother with me is when I am out taking photos of birds. She loved birds, and some of my favorite memories involve watching the birds with her. We even had a male Cardinal who would come to the windowsill at the same time every day to peck on the window. He would visit during my snack time. I'd be dipping my chocolate chip cookies in my tea cup filled with milk, and we would hear "peck" "peck" "peck. Grandma would say, "Our visitor has come for his daily visit." We then would go into the kitchen and say our hellos to the Cardinal. If we did not go into the kitchen to acknowledge him, he would continue to peck at the window until we came into the room.

Grandma also collected bird figurines and knick knacks. The kitchen windowsill was lined with those bird figurines that play that bird's song when you touch them. I loved being a rotten little girl and setting them all off at the same time. ;-)

So, when I am here in the new state going on my photo walks, and I get photos of birds that we didn't have in the old state, I find myself wishing that my grandmother were there to see this beautiful critter. Then, I am overcome with the sense that she is there seeing it with me. Or, possibly, she is the one who brings those birds to me to photograph.

Yesterday, she was definitely with me, and she was definitely smiling as I took these photographs and thought of her...

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
(c) Misty DawnS
(c) Misty DawnS

A Brown Thrasher
(c) Misty DawnS
(c) Misty DawnS(c) Misty DawnS

A Cat Bird. The Cat Bird was my grandfather's favorite bird.
They really do 'mew' like a cat. So, of course, Misty was standing in the woods meowing to this bird. I sure hope no one was around with a video camera.
(c) Misty DawnS
(c) Misty DawnS

I wish the photos were bigger, because you really need to see them full size to truly appreciate them.

*Special thanks for my buddy Bear for always taking the time to ID and teach me the real names of the critters I get photos of*


Inspiration Alley

Fantastic photos and what a beautiful way to pay tribute to your grandmother.


A lot of my fondest childhood memories have to do with my grandmother. (Even if she was weird. lol) I'm so glad you had such a special person in your life. :)


Lovely story... :) I can imagine her kitchen windowsill with those figures... that must be beautiful.

Wonderful photographs.



What wonderful memories and a great testament to your grandmother's love for you.

Great pictures too.


Awesome photos and wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing with us.

Cathy, Amy and Kristina

Beautiful photos -- perfect for accompanying equally beautiful memories.


Beautiful, beautiful post. What a precious gift your grandmother who was more like a mother gave you that you can always be near her whenever there are birds. That's just awesome. I love the photos, too.


Hi! I loved reading about your grandmother. I just lost mine and it is so hard without her. Thanks for sharing. ::hugs::


Beautiful shots Misty! I didn't know there was a bird that meows, that's interesting. I'll have to see if we have those in Minnesota.

Mom Knows Everything

What a sweet and wonderful story about your grandmother. I'm sure she is there with you everytime you see a bird. Luv Ya Dork!

Hootin' Anni

This was astoundingly beautiful and heartwarming. How sweet that you and your grandmother had such a good relationship with your Cardinal Friend AND each other! I would love to have met her!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm late visiting everyone since I've had a busy day. But, I just can't NOT stop by to those who come by and say 'hi' to me! Hope your afternoon/evening is a peaceful one.

Susan Demeter

Beautiful shots and memories :) Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy HOT day!


Such a sweet post, and lovely photos, too.


It must be wonderful to have grandparents. I've never had any and really missed it.

Lovely birds, some species we don't even have over here in Sweden. I love to see birds from other parts in the world!

Thanks for stopping by :-)


Those are excellent pictures.
Your Grandmother is with you always!

Thanks for stopping by Penny Lane and I am glad you enjoyed my classical post.


So beautiful... both the story and the photos and the love that radiates out from both. I'm sure your grandmother is with you. I can almost feel her myself in your words.

Maria's Space

Such wonderful memories of your grandma and how wonderful you can still share something memorable with her. She was definitly smiling down knowing that you remember her every day.


Oh yes Misty, she was definitely there with you when you took these photos (and right now, too, girlie). Beautiful post, my friend. Absolutely perfect.

I keep forgetting to do this one, you need to remind me next week!

I like the cat bird! Does it meow for real? I'd love to be with you on one of these walks. xoxo

Helen/Spike and Drusilla OK Citizens

What a beautiful tribute. I love your cardinal friend. Since this is my first visit to your blog, I will just say I will have one of the dogs in your header. He is so cute.

peppylady (Dora)

I never met my paternal grandma and I heard wonderful stories about her.

Your sure lucky to learn about birds.


As I was reading this post I was wondering if she'd taught you how to meow at birds. :)


What a sweet story. You're very lucky to have had your grandma. I'm sure she was with you when you took those pictures. They're beautiful! You have left me in a very serene mood. Thanks


Congrats, big time, on the new job, Misty! And a big WOWZER on the bird pics in this post as they are really beautiful! Great job all around, kiddo!


I love this post!! The story of your grand parents, and the photos of the birds. Fantastic!


Whoof!! A cat that sounds like a bird.... no... a bird that sounds like a cat. Confusing fur a dog! If you was playin' the Alphabet Photo Challenge, you could have used this fur "F" too... flying feather heads. Arf, arf, arf.


How lovely to have this continuing connection with your grandmother! I love the bird photos!
Hugs and blessings,

poor man's nicole richie

you must feel very lucky to be raised by your grandparents. i'm sure you always make them smile wherever they are.

c",) Morning Sniffles

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