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Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir by Lynn Thomson
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“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence - that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they'll die happy, having seen a thousand species before they die, but I'll die happy knowing I've spent all that quiet time being present.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“Sometimes I think that the point of birdwatching is not the actual seeing of the birds, but the cultivation of patience. Of course, each time we set out, there's a certain amount of expectation we'll see something, maybe even a species we've never seen before, and that it will fill us with light. But even if we don't see anything remarkable - and sometimes that happens - we come home filled with light anyway.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“I was conscious of that moment of stepping into the woods and leaving everything else behind. That one instant when all the sounds of people, of traffic, of doors opening and closing, were suddenly gone, swallowed up by trees and ferns. It was like a curtain falling on a stage, and I waited for that moment every time. My heart opened just a little bit wider.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“Birds are everywhere in our literature, a part, it seems, of our collective poetic imagination. If writing a beautiful line of poetry fills a poet's heart with joy, imagine how that same poet's soul must take flight at the sight of swallows soaring through the evening sky!”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“To be reminded of life's mysteries was a delicious gift.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“The sharp thrill of seeing them [killdeer birds] reminded me of childhood happiness, gifts under the Christmas tree, perhaps, a kind of euphoria we adults manage to shut out most of the time. This is why I bird-watch, to recapture what it's like to live in this moment, right now.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“Every bird at the marsh filled us with a little light. I wondered if I was just so simple that this was all it took. But then I thought, I'm lucky that this is all it takes, and knew that I was especially lucky that this was all it took for my teenaged son, too.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“...there is no logic to love.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir
“To be standing together in a frosty field, looking up into the sky, marvelling at birds and revelling in the natural world around us, was a simple miracle. And I wondered why we were so rarely able to appreciate it.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother's Memoir