Monday, February 16, 2009

Feed the Birds

"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag...

Mary Poppins could get bird seed for tuppence a, not exactly.  
$19.99 for 50 lbs of black-oil-sunflower seeds at an Agway in Hudson...enough savings for Tom to make a u-turn and buy 3 bags.  One for his mother and two for us...or at least the birds we feed.
Not exactly a bad habit, but a semi-expensive one...rewards?...priceless.
I find the constant kaleidoscopic changes mesmerizing, soothing and full of lessons. 
Birds come in waves.  Not a lot of overlap between species, although some are more tolerant than others toward their fellow feeders. 
Not unlike humans. 

...tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes.
In her own special way to the people she calls,
"Come, buy my bags full of crumbs.
Come fed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do.
Their young ones are hungry,
Their nests are so bare;
All it takes is tuppence from you."
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence,tuppence, tuppence a bag.
"Feed the birds," that's what she cries,
While overhead, her birds fill the skies.
All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares.
Although you can't see it, you know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares.
Though her words are simple and few,
Listen, Listen, she's calling to you:
"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag."
            - from Mary Poppins

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