I come in the little things, Saith the Lord: Yea, on the glancing wing of eager birds, the softly pattering feet of furred and gentle beasts. I come in the little things, Saith the Lord: Not borne on the morning's wings of majesty, but I have set My feet amidst the delicate and bladed wheat. I come in the little things, Saith the Lord.
-Evelyn Underhill

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Humming Birds and Grandmommies

I hear like you see—like that hummingbird outside that window for instance.
~Ray Charles

I just spent the last five days and five nights humming songs to my 15-month-old granddaughter as I rocked her to sleep for naps and bedtime.  When she was just an infant I'd started humming instead of singing because I felt humming would create more vibration than singing and help soothe her to sleep better.   In today's world there is so much sound competing for our attention that sounds like the flutter of hummingbird wings often go unnoticed.  This hummingbird caught my eye as I sat at my desk next to a closed window.  I grabbed my camera and took several shots from different windows as I chased after him.  It wasn't until I looked at my photos after we took our granddaughter home today that I saw my camera had successfully captured the little hummer.  I hope Olivia June's memory will capture her humming Grandmommy.

With a revolving wheel;
A resonance of emerald,
A rush of cochineal;
And every blossom on the bush
Adjusts its tumbled head, —
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy morning’s ride.

~Emily Dickinson


  1. Great shot of the hummer! Does humming do the trick with Olivia June? I always rocked my babies and grandbabies and just rubbed their backs. I agree the world is way too noisy. Last fall we took a trip to the mountains with our grandson and he commented on the quietness of the area. It's notable when we hear silence. ♥

    1. I think if I sang words it'd keep her awake because she so easily engaged. If I keep the sounds in the lower registers I can feel the vibration in my chest. It's sorta like how a purring cat makes you feel! :-) Since I developed tinnitus I no longer truly experience silence--something I really miss. But I do still have memories of the "silence" of nature at my grandparents' farm--the wind in the pine trees, bees humming, and the hummingbirds that visited her tiger lilies. You could see the gazillion stars at night, too, like nowhere else I've experienced. I love going to the mountains, too, not only for the views but the quiet.

  2. And I rocked two of mine to sleep tonight. How lovely to have her for five whole days and when did she get to be 15 months old? Beautiful humming bird picture and good quote.

    1. I know--15 months already! Time flies fast for grand babies, too.

  3. What a terrific photo! I was so focused on that delicate purple flower, I almost didn't see the hummingbird. The colors are gorgeous too - greens and purples are so pretty in combination. You'll have to see if you can get Olivia to notice the hummingbird. I bet she'd love them - she seems to have a real affinity for animals. She sure loves Gabriel. Do you have a feeder or anything like that near a window? My parents placed a red hummingbird feeder and a "general" bird feeder next to the window in the kitchen where the table was. Once it became just the two of them, they had nearly all their meals in the kitchen and were often entertained by the hummingbirds, robins, chickadees, woodpeckers - whatever showed up. PS - I bet Olivia will remember your humming - keep it up and I bet she'll join in with you soon!

    1. Yes, it was a surprise because I didn't think I'd been able to get the shot. We have a feeder on the front porch post, but so far we haven't seen it visit there. They do like the honeysuckle growing up the drainpipe and we'll see it there from time to time....but it's been so hot and humid, or raining, that we haven't been out on the porch much lately.


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