So, yesterday, when my daughter and I came home from lunch with the huzz, the house was surrounded by robins. They were in the trees. They were on the ground gorging on worms. They were hopping on the roof and swooping in all directions.
We came inside, after a bit of rapt observation, and I delicately placed her on the ground, feet first. And just like it was no big deal, she walked three steps. I was like, WHOA, she just walked! We’ve been joking around with her lately, saying “Just walk, why don’t you?” so we’ve been ‘ready’ for it. But nothing really prepares you for the actual moment they lift their little legs, of their own volition and take those awaited steps. And it’s crazy how excited it makes you. It’s an official message that our world has officially changed, from the fast crawl to the new access to higher heights – and the eventual – be still my heart – run! Yikes.
But back to the birds. Birds and dogs are pretty much THE animals of interest around here. We have dogs, and I’m sort of obsessed with birds, so it’s not really that surprising that those are the two specie that my baby girl (no, toddler girl…) has focused on. So in celebration of her first steps, we opened all the living room windows and basked in the sing song of those crazy, partying robins.
Which led me to wonder…what the heck do you call a group of robins? I don’t even know if I’ve ever seen or heard so many robins in one place at a time. So I looked it up. Apparently there was a relatively recent voting on various names for a group of robins, since, you know, they don’t ‘group’ all that often.
Here are the top ten names people voted for in ascending order: Reliant (?), Riot (it DID sound like a riot), Hood, Rash (Ick!), Squabble, Red (um…), Bobbin (really??), Rabble, Blush, Breast (eh), and the winner: A Round. It’s got a nice ring to it, right?
Hearing all those robins, and watching them passionately yank worms from the earth reminded me of a textile pattern I designed a few months ago – or it could be a year now, time is out of my grasp after having a child, but it’s called ‘A Robin’s Guide to Livin” And…I think they sort of have it figured out.
1. Admire Beauty (in this case, other Robins)
2. Greet Every Day with Song (Robins are among the first birds that sing at dawn)
3. Eat Well (a la: grubs, worms and caterpillars)
4. Keep it Together (in this case with a fine, muddy glue)
5. Draw from many sources (feathers, sticks, grass, moss, whatever you can find)
6. Recycle (bits of paper, ribbon, and string are fabulous additions to a nest)
7. Love the Color blue (I mean, seriously, why do you think TIffany’s picked Robin’s egg blue for their seminal boxes??)
8. Stay Organized (ok, ok, you caught me, Robin’s don’t keep lists, but there is a chance one of your lost grocery lists made it into a nest!)
9. Fly Gracefully (as only a Robin can do).
Ok, thanks for reading and if you like the fabric you can click it to go through to spoonflower and get a better view! And until next time, enjoy the birds, the beginning of Spring and any first steps you or your loved ones are taking! They are the best!!