Many years ago, my mother was given the nickname “Sweetie” by two of my younger cousins, Kim and Todd. Mom used to watch them when they were very young so my Aunt could go to work, and would always refer to Kim and Todd as her “Sweeties” so from that time on, she became known as “Aunt Sweetie,” or just simply “Sweetie.” Not long ago, my cousin (Todd) remarked that whenever he sees a cardinal outside his window he thinks of my mom and says, “Sweetie’s dropping by for a visit.”
For the past several weeks whenever my husband and I would sit down to dinner at the table in our own home we would hear the distinctive chirping of cardinals outside the dining room window. A male and female cardinal would routinely perch themselves in the bush that brushes against the window. We remarked how they sure seemed to like that particular bush. A few days ago, I noticed the female cardinal in that same bush again, and then upon closer look, saw that she was sitting contently in a nice little nest tucked away nestled the leaves near the top of the bush! So cute! I’m convinced that my mom sent her to watch over me.
I have tried unsuccessfully to snap a picture of the little “Sweetie” but I think she is camera shy. Nevertheless, I hope that she will continue to drop by for at least a little while longer.