Tee loves nature. She and our friend, The Naturalist, can spend hours talking about butterflies, trees, and wildflowers.
Of course, I love nature, too; it’s a love Tee and I share. We both relish spending time outdoors – camping, hiking, just general frolicking.
However, while I thoroughly enjoy spending time in nature, I don’t have the same level of enthusiasm as Tee and The Naturalist when it comes to discussing the science of nature. When they start to identify various species of caterpillars or talk about which pair of binoculars Tee should purchase, I tune out and start playing the first disc of the Hamilton soundtrack in my head. (I could just start singing out loud; knowing Tee and The Naturalist, they would start singing with me and the science talk would be temporarily suspended. They would be – ahem – helpless.)
Lately, Tee has a new nature lover’s habit that I am really enjoying – birding!
Tee’s parents have several bird feeders right outside their window in their North Carolina home. They can sit at their kitchen table eating dinner and watching chickadees and cardinals flock to the feeders for birdseed.
It’s super cute.
The Naturalist got Tee super-interested in birding, and Tee got binoculars for Christmas. THEN, for Valentine’s Day, I went to our local Amish market and got a bird feeder for Tee, which she set up just outside the window by our kitchen table. Now, our evening walk down the NCR Trail is all about spotting woodpeckers, wrens, robins, and sparrows and learning their songs. And our mealtimes include time for looking through Tee’s birding books to teach me the names of the birds we can see chowing down outside the window.
I can’t even handle how dorky and senior-citizen-esque this all sounds.
I have no aspirations of making it all sound cool.
BUT – it is cool! I love learning new things, but I can’t really retain information and facts unless I am actively engaging in an activity. (I’m a kinesthetic learner – I learn way better when I’m engaged in a physical activity rather than listening to information or watching someone else demonstrate something.) I get really excited when I’m able to remember what different birds look like and sound like, and Tee gets really excited to stalk this one particular tree in which we once saw a woodpecker.
BONUS: This might be my first-ever post that addresses all my balance categories – heart, soul, mind, body, spirit – with just one topic! #balanced