Thursday, March 17, 2016
I was in third grade living in Park Forest, Illinois. My mother gave me wonderful news. A robin built a nest in the arborvitae tree next to our front door. I hurried out to behold three beautiful, tiny, delicate turquoise eggs in the center of a perfectly constructed nest about five feet off the ground. I was ecstatic. I loved animals and was an avid collector of salamanders, crayfish, butterflies, and snakes. I had hamsters and chameleons and parakeets. I would now behold the wonder of nature in my own front yard. I marveled at mama robin’s frenetic flights and was filled with anticipation for the day of hatching. My brother and I shared the good news with the neighborhood children. Everyone was excited.