Tellin' 'bout the birds and the bees

By Willis Webb, author of “Writer’s Roost”— “Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees …”

Yeah, “nature-lover” me was sitting out on the back deck-porch-whatchacallit the other day and I actually got to watch the birds and the bees.

You need to understand that this was a real accomplishment for someone whose idea of roughing it is a hotel bed without silk sheets. Also, I spend a majority of my time in my office-study just off the deck-porch-thingy reading, researching and writing as we writer-types are wont to do.

Oh, yeah, I was a Boy Scout all right and I got my nature and camping merit badges, among a couple of dozen-plus, but a real outdoor type I’m not.

It was a nice, cool spring day. In our “new home” (that’s in a location sense not construction-wise) we have this area on the back of the house that is a concrete slab. About two-thirds of it has a corrugated metal roof over it.

In this area, we keep our grill for outdoor cookouts. There are some outdoor-deck type chairs (made for comfort first) and three small end-table pieces for, you know, a place to set your iced tea glass while enjoying a spring day.

So, I decided to “soak up a little nature,” read a book and watch Sawyer, the former Famous River Wonder Dog now known as Le Pup Savage in honor of his conversion to Cajunhood.

There are a lot of birds that come and go via some sizable “garden-type” trees in our backyard. They eye all of the shrubs, flowering bushes and flowers that Life Mate has “green-thumbed” into a couple of new flower beds she’s created since we assumed occupancy of this new domicile only 10 discreet minutes from our son’s home.

For a couple of Mom-fixed meals a week, The Boy (as he has been known for most of his 32 years) does some house-tending and Sawyer-sitting when something necessitates our being gone for a few days.

But, I digress. Back to the birds and the bees.

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 Willis Webb is a retired community newspaper publisher and former editor of the Fredericksburg Radio Post.

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