The Beauty of Winter

The Beauty of Winter

Don’t you love the beauty of a blanket of snow? Tall trees, bushes, fields, and buildings glistening in crystal-like perfection. And isn’t it wonderful that God made each snowflake unique? People may complain about the cold and the snow but I have yet to meet one person who could argue about how beautiful and pristine everything is when a fresh blanket of snow is on the ground.

I live in a wooded area, and I share my backyard with many forest animals, especially birds. In the summer I keep my bird feeder filled with seed because I love the birds and all the happy noise they bring while I am in my backyard. In the winter it has never occurred to me to feed my backyard neighbors. I guess it’s because I don’t spend time in my backyard, but rather view it from my kitchen window.

This past weekend while cleaning out my pantry, I almost threw a half loaf of bread away. I thought about the little birds and squirrels and threw several pieces of bread out for them right before nightfall. I was so disappointed when no one came to eat that evening! I thought for sure my backyard friends would be thrilled with my treat!

The next morning I rushed off to work and forgot about the food I had thrown outside. When I got to work my husband called me to tell me that the birds were going crazy over the bread I had thrown out the night before. What joy and surprise in my husband’s voice! There wasn’t one bit of bread left that morning. In fact we had to give them a little more as the day went on because they acted so hungry.

 Tomorrow is a new day. I plan on going out into the backyard and giving my neighbors more to eat. The bread will feed the birds, but the joy will feed my heart.


Photo: Ken Thomas


About the Author

Tammy Monjaras serves as the director of the customer satisfaction division. As an avid reader, she loves speaking to customers about the latest books Franciscan Media offers. Tammy is a native Texan but has called Cincinnati home for the past 15 years with her husband, Richard, children and grandchildren.