Red Visitorby Ellen DuBois on 03/03/19
We're in between snow storms here in Massachusetts. It's Sunday, and the day started early. On the road by about 8:10 a.m., I drove to my father's house, which is about 10 minutes away. My Dad, sister and I got into her car and headed for church, (about a half-hour drive), where he played beautiful music for a small, wonderful and very endearing congregation.
When we got back to Avon, I had to cut my visit short and head back to Easton so I could open my music studio for our cello teacher by 1:00. I made it with with a few minutes to spare. While there, I emptied another bin of music, (we just moved into a new location). Even though it was the last thing my body wanted me to do, emptying one more bin gave me a sense of accomplishment.
When I finally got home, I brought in groceries, took the dog out, then the trash, unloaded some random items from my car, (20 lbs. of birdseed being one of them), and was finally was able to slow down.
Soon, the sunlight against the snow from yesterday caught my eye. My boots were still on...why not go out and take a few pictures? Unable to resist, I trudged through the snow and got some pretty shots of the pond out back, a tree dusted with white, shadows on glistening snow and an icicle melting. I wanted so badly to get some pictures of a cardinal, but wasn't having any luck.
When I got the the steps leading up to the deck, a brilliant spot of red caught my eye. Would it fly away before I got a shot? Yes.
Instead of giving up, I stood on the steps for a minute or two, telling myself to be patient.
It was worth the wait.
Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, a support site for women and their families who have miscarried.
I'm published with Blue Mountain Arts, and am a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (a Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns.
I'm also known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond. Music is another passion of mine and I'm blessed to share the gift of music. I'm also a shudder bug like my mother was. I love taking pictures.
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