For the past couple of years, I have tried and tried to succeed in an elusive quest. There are two cardinals that hang around in our backyard, and I would like nothing better than to get a photograph of at least one of them. Now, I will admit to not knowing much about the cardinals. I don’t know if they actually live in our yard, or somewhere near. I don’t know if they go someplace during the coldest months–it seems like that spend at least part of the winter here, but also seem to disappear for a couple of months. I don’t even know if these are the same two cardinals every year. But I do know one thing: they are quite beautiful.
But every time I try to get that photo, they flitter away. Perhaps if I didn’t have to get so close.
I got a happy visit from the FedEx man a couple of days ago. He was here with my new camera. Yesterday I also saw one of my red-hued friends hopping around the bushes. I ran back into the house to grab the camera, feeling optimistic that the better resolution and more powerful zoom would allow me to capture the image of my friend. I saw him for a split second in the frame, and then he was gone. I switched to the viewfinder so I could scan around a little easier. Nothing. I tried looking with my naked eye. Nada. Argh!
The other day Lovely wife looked up cardinals on the internet, and found that they are fond of sunflower seeds, and also that they like to bathe themselves. The previous owners of our home did have a bird bath in the back yard, but I removed it when it started to crumble to pieces. No doubt I will be setting one out this spring, along with a feeder full of tasty sunflower seeds. In addition, I am going to buy a tripod for my camera. I am confident that with these tools and a little patience I will succeed in my quest.
While ruminating on this today, I realized that the Epic Cardinal Photo Quest is allegorical to my fight with depression. Every time I seem to have a more permanent happiness within my sight, it flits away, just beyond my reach. I have become frustrated, and yet I am hopeful and patient. Recently I have added tools new and old to help me kick the depression. Medication. Counseling. Exercise. A creative outlet. I am confident that with these tools and a little patience I will succeed in my quest.
I will get a great picture of a cardinal.
I will be happy again.
LATE FRIDAY/EARLY SATURDAY FUN: Fruit & Veggie Challenge
Today Lovely Wife and I were picking up a couple of things for supper at the grocery store before we picked up the kiddos. Lovely Wife noticed that Mangoes were on sale and asked if we should get one. Now, Lovely Wife and I are quite familiar with and fond of Mangoes, but to my knowledge Little Guy and Baby Girl had never tried any.
I have to report that the Mango was a rousing success. In particular our usually picky Little Guy gobbled up his pieces and asked for more. He kept asking what it was. “A Mango,” I would say.
“Mingoes!” he would reply. We’ll work on that.