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The First Robin of the Season

Last evening, when I returned from the grocery store around 7 p.m., I saw several robins in my front yard. One was so big, with a full, red breast.

The picture was clearer, but for me to get it so we could see it, I had to crop it on the phone to upload it. Though a bit fuzzy, you can still see how big he is.

I get excited when I see the first robin of spring. It reminds me that summer is not far behind and that the days will get longer. April to September are my favorite months of the year.

Next week marks three years since I was in the emergency room, which started the ball rolling toward the eventual diagnosis of stage IV Carcinoid Cancer. It was a bleak time in my life.

This robin represents something more to me this year. It is a reminder that life continues on. And sometimes, we are fortunate to be a part of it!

© 2015, Coral Levang

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Image Credit » Photo taken 4/4/15 by the author with Galaxy S2 camera phone.

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Kasman wrote on April 5, 2015, 12:44 PM

Last week marked seven years since I had my triple bypass (also a low point with me) and today I took a hike up one of my local hills and found frogspawn. Life does indeed continue and spring is definitely coming!

CoralLevang wrote on April 5, 2015, 1:03 PM

As long as we wake up on this side of terra firma, we need to LIVE life. Congratulations!! emoticon :smile:

AngelSharum wrote on April 5, 2015, 1:41 PM

I'm glad that both of you have overcome and are still with us.

MelissaE wrote on April 5, 2015, 2:17 PM

There is an Ojibwe tale about a boy who turns into a robin and comes back to visit his village every spring.

CoralLevang wrote on April 5, 2015, 3:40 PM

Thank you! I am kind of glad for the same thing! LOL

CoralLevang wrote on April 5, 2015, 3:40 PM

I am not familiar with that bird, that I know of.

CoralLevang wrote on April 5, 2015, 3:41 PM

I love those stories shared from different cultural regions.

valmnz wrote on April 5, 2015, 4:38 PM

This post is jinxed. Every time I try to comment on it I lose my internet connection. Third time lucky? I admire your positive attitude and, yes, something as simple as a robin can be all it needs to keep us focussed on life ahead. I'm glad you are one of life's survivors.

Alexandoy wrote on April 5, 2015, 8:46 PM

I still cannot relate to the idea of the spring but I guess it’s really a wonderful sight – the birds and the buds of the trees.

BarbRad wrote on April 6, 2015, 1:46 AM

I'm glad you saw your robin and that it encouraged you with new hope.

CoralLevang wrote on April 6, 2015, 6:09 AM

Looks like third time was the charm!
Thank you so much for your kind words.

CoralLevang wrote on April 6, 2015, 6:10 AM

I love to see the buds opening, flowers and trees alike.

CoralLevang wrote on April 6, 2015, 6:11 AM

emoticon :smile: Thank you. We all need to find the hope in these things.

scheng1 wrote on April 6, 2015, 9:15 AM

He is really an early bird. I bet the flock is still on the way.

AliCanary wrote on April 6, 2015, 11:59 AM

Three years of survival, and may there be many more years and many more first robins of spring!

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CoralLevang wrote on April 6, 2015, 2:13 PM

Thank you, Ali!! I'm not going anywhere, if I have anything to say about it!

PriscillaKing wrote on April 6, 2015, 2:54 PM

They're a kind of plover known for nesting on the ground, and trying to lead any possible intruders away from their nest with a "broken wing display," which of course doesn't work if the intruder is not a predator, which of course makes the parent birds frantic. If "Look! I'm injured! Eat me!" doesn't lead you away from their nest, what *can* they do?

GemOfAGirl wrote on April 28, 2015, 9:56 AM

Congratulations on your three years, and I'm looking forward to reading your work for many more years to come!