This morning I was out for a walk in the early grey light. It had been raining through the night and it was still misty.
I’m making the effort to get out for a walk or run every morning, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I am working in the basement these days so I don’t get much in terms of natural light or fresh air. Making an effort to get outside is important for both my physical and mental health.
The shuttered school across the road has a meltwater pond that is normally home to kids playing and splashing. Now it is occupied by a pair of ducks. They were paddling around in the pond when I came out of the house. They apparently did not want to be photographed in the bath.
I spend much of my day with headphones in for virtual meetings so I went for a walk without them. Normally I listen to a podcast or music while I walk or run.
This morning I was reminded of all the other things to listen to that are more satisfying than anything coming out of my phone. The lack of traffic makes it easier to hear the rest of the world around us.
- The sound of end of winter ice cracking under my feet. That may have occurred because I was jumping on it to help spring come a little faster.
- The sound of meltwater running down the streets and in to storm drains
- Birds singing in the trees
- Crows cawing as they occupied whole trees. We live in a crow rookery so there are thousands of crows in and around our neighbourhood.
- A woodpecker working hard somewhere in the area.
The ducks and the rest of the birds don’t seem too concerned about the rest of us. They probably appreciate how much quieter the world is though.
I was out for a run yesterday and thought I heard a red-wing blackbird.
The song of a red-wing blackbird is a memory trigger for me. My grandparents had a cottage that we went to when I was younger. I often hear red-wing blackbirds singing in the morning. I would lie in bed listening to them.
The red-wing blackbird song immediately brings the feeling of comfort that comes from lying in a bed with windows open to the warm summer air.
I hope the red-wing blackbirds show up soon.