Last winter, we made friends with a robin. Jude made first contact. The robin learned Jude would fill the feeders and would begin to sing for her to come. Before long, it would feed from her hand, then all our hands. By summer, it would come to sit with us, even when it didn’t want food. Not for long, but as if to check in. It would even come a small way into the house at times.
We knew the robin couldn’t stay forever, and by midsummer he no longer came to visit. We have a new robin now. Perhaps over winter, when food is scarce, we’ll befriend this one too.
30 minutes afternoon zazen. Discipline: 7/10.
Note: published next day.