Saturday, March 16, 2013
Has Anybody Seen Yuri?
The snow continues to come down. Winter has no intention of relenting until it's good and ready, and I'm starting to feel like a character in "Dr. Zhivago." Perhaps it's just my cabin-feverish mind playing tricks on me, but I'm expecting Yuri to show up any minute in a horse drawn sleigh.
Yesterday morning, I looked out the kitchen window and framed in the upper portion were three blue jays in perfect triangulation on the bare crab apple tree next to the feeder. The combination of blue feathers, grey throats, and the gray branches they sat on, with snow drifting down around them, looked like a scene in a snow globe, lightly shaken.
I sometimes wish I could design and create snow globes, add them to the small snow globe collection I began when traveling, where the criteria seems to have been the more kitschy the better. From time to time I would look in antique stores hoping to find an old one from some intriguing place I hoped to visit one day. I never found any there, but I know someone who has a few older ones and I have often looked at them longingly. Perhaps I need to solidify our friendship.
But first, I think I'll become better acquainted with the blue jays outside my window, and maybe that pine tree, the one that appears to be wearing an ermine cape wrapped around its shoulders. I wonder if it knows when Yuri is arriving ...