Glancing at the clock, the hands showed 1:00. Time to go. Spring Break, at last! Clicking shut down my computer, I packed my briefcase and headed toward the classroom door. Reaching up, I grabbed my black Calvin Klein down jacket, hand-knitted scarf, and matching hat and quickly put them on. Walking out, I pressed the lock and shut the door. I walked toward the glass doors. “Bye, Julie. Bye, Jennifer. Happy Spring Break! Have a great vacation!”
“You, too,” they answered in unison. And, I pushed the door open and stepped back, seemingly, in time, to winter. Should I have said, “Happy Winter Break?” I chuckled to myself.
Ahead of me, a winter wonderland shimmered before me. A snow-rain mix swirled before me. Trees and cars and grass and trees were covered with ice and snow, creating a sparkling, glittering world. Only last week, I hunted robins; I didn’t even need my coat. Now, winter is back with a vengeance.
The beautiful scenery drew my eyes toward it. How gorgeous. I put my bags on the bench and grabbed the iPhone from my purse. I wonder if I can get a picture of this-so beautiful. I took a photo of the icy branches and, when I did, a flock of robins, maybe 7 or 8, were flitting around. In the air, in the trees, on the ground. So many! What are they doing? Searching for food? My fingers quickly opened the camera setting, my hands moved it up to eye level. As soon as I did, as if sensing some imminent danger, the robins flitted further down the snow-covered grass. I followed, slowly, hoping not to startle them again.
Click! Click! The birds flitted off again, this time back onto the ice-laced tree branches. The soft hues of the robin stood in sharp contrast to the whites and grays of the day. Click! Click!
I grabbed my things, climbed into my car, and headed toward home. My foot pushed the brake pedal again and again. Click! Click! Click!
In a few minutes, I arrived at home-colder and richer. Colder-the wintry wind had whirled its way inside my coat, up the sleeves, down the back. My photos are beautiful, I discovered as I examined the results in my phone. I hope the robins find food. Happy Spring Break!