Cozy Cottage Farm

Bird Man of Cambridge

“We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” – and we’re not in Florida anymore, Ray Scott. This is one of my favorite pictures of my husband, Ray, the first Winter (Jan. 04) that he spent up here in Washington County, Upstate, New York – after 30 years in Broward County, South Florida. Ray had been working inside our cozy cottage, probably painting or pulling up that awful rug that covered our beautiful wood floors. He was hot and wearing shorts and didn’t bother to change to go out and feed the birds.

Three years later, when Ray was in Albany Medical Center on Life Support for 5 weeks, it was this image of him feeding the birds under the birch tree outside our bedroom window that kept me going. I would see him again in my imagination under that same tree and ask God to bring him back to the birds and me. That was 5 years ago. He still feeds the birds that flock to that birch tree. But, he no longer wears shorts in Winter!


This entry was published on March 25, 2012 at 9:31 am and is filed under community, family, home, musings. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Bird Man of Cambridge

  1. I love the stories about adjusting to life in terms of your bold unusual choice for retirement– choosing freezing cold yet endlessly charming Cambridge over sunny paradise. This makes a great theme!

  2. Thanks, Em – this is what I would like to share with the Jon Katz Writing Workshop. I will be putting my application in this week. Thanks for your input. Mary

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