People are often asking us how we are adjusting to being back in Canada. I feel like we are doing great. But there are things the kids say that remind me that we live in a different part of the world while in the Philippines.
It’s Spring in Ontario and one of the best parts of springtime is seeing all the birds come back to Ontario. We have watched flocks of geese in the air many days when the weather was really warm. We are so blessed by having many bird feeders in the back yard that we can watch the blue jays, and robins come to eat. We even have charts by the back window to help us identify some of the many birds that come our way.
We have also noticed the many seagulls here. Just a couple days after we arrived, Jenna saw a bird flying in the sky and said, “chicken!” It reminded me that we don’t see seagulls in the Philippines. I then thought of how few birds we do see.
A normal day in the village starts and ends with the sounds of roosters crowing. Actually those sounds only end when I finally fall asleep. Many nights I will wake to hearing the roosters crowing even in the dark. And the sun being up doesn’t stop them from crowing either. We sure don’t miss the sounds of those roosters.
Every day we see many hens and their chicks wandering around looking for something to eat. It is fun to watch the chicks grow as the weeks go on.
The only other birds we see are the odd bird that someone had killed to eat. We don’t see fancy parrots or birds flying from tree to tree.
So this spring we will take time to enjoy all the birds we can see.