Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Harbingers

photo by Tim Street
I heard them before I saw them. Cheep-cheep. Cheep-cheep. Cheep-cheep. As Dakota and I rounded the cul-de-sac sidewalk, we came upon, by my quick count in the fading light, at least a dozen robins. Then, not a minute later, another flock burst forth from their large bush of a hiding place.

After living 15 years next door to the Sytsmas, I've come to view robin sightings in winter as a harbinger. There, against the Illinois snow, they were a harbinger of spring. Whenever one was spotted, ice cream was dessert after dinner, a promise of being warm again.

So today, I couldn't help but see those birds as a harbinger of a different kind. A harbinger of change.

I will work my final shift at Starbucks on Thursday, Jan. 28. Eight years and four months of, "What can I get started for you?" and "How can I serve you?"

I'll share more about the end and what I know about what's coming next week.

2 comments:

  1. That was a teaser for sure...I for one can't wait! I too saw my first robin of the year in our holly tree yesterday and we are bracing for "Snowmageddon 2016"

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  2. Your friendly face and wonderful friendship is what brought most people to that store. Thank you for being you! You'll definitely be missed!

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