Saturday up on the ski hill, looking down below to where, two days prior,
in the parking lot of an average, ordinary, American, strip mall (albeit within sight's distance of Glacier National Park's peaks), amongst a megaplex theater, a nationwide retail bulk food warehouse, a megaplex theater, franchise restaurants, and the usual box stores of the book, department, home, pet, coffee, hardware, home, cell phone, dollar, and electronics variety (that I needn't mention by name since you know them and their logos all too well),
the robins returned, in flocks and droves by the hundreds,
and, the boys and I stood out in that parking lot,
in that crisp sunshine,
with temps still in the teens,
in the midst of our very long-list-of-errands-day,
staring in amazement, me grinning,
for what seemed like half an hour but wasn't,
while cars and people came and went,
only a handful of them pausing to notice.
or would that be noticing to pause?
As always, the pics DO NOT do this justice. Maybe a video would have done so.
Did these same flocks come here to this very spot, every spring, when this was still a grassy field, before the concrete was poured about 5 or so years ago, before the crabapple trees they now feed on were planted in tiny little diamonds of earth?
And does this mean it's spring?
(And you thought I lived in the boonies! Oh, wait. I do. These places, both the ski hill and the strip mall, are an hour and half of almost all highway driving to the south.)