Good Morning Maggie

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I opened my eyes to hear the Magpie’s glorious morning song.

It fills my heart with joy, reminding me I am here, in this day, where anything is possible. Surrounded by nature I feel blessed.

“Good morning Maggie.” says a soft sleepy voice from my daughter’s room. I smile to myself. Mr Magpie is waiting there, near Willow’s window. They usually talk to each other for about five minutes. I often wonder what they chat about.

Every morning for the past two weeks he has visited her without fail. At 6am, maybe a minute or two early or late he is there. She calls to him and thanks him for being her alarm clock. I sneak up the hallway to see him. He stands on the back of the deck chair in front of her window preening himself and yodeling away. He makes an almighty racket at such a tender hour. But we love him.

DSCN6017 (copy) Willow will be watching a movie and she won’t even know that her friend is at the window. He sits there behind her watching too. I wonder if he is looking at his own reflection. Willow thinks he is in love with himself.

I have tried to  film him singing, but he is too quick and sharp for me. And so I just appreciate his quirky personality, feed him crumbs sometimes. Although we are thinking of buying some bird seed, yet we don’t want him to become reliant on us for food.

I adore magpies. Most people don’t appreciate or notice them. I find the black and white a striking contrast against the back drop of green grass and blue mountains. When the babies squeak for food (so cute) I tell their parents what a wonderful job they are doing. I have always talked to the Magpies. My mum believes if you talk to them and get to know them they won’t swoop you at nesting time (has worked so far). I’m wondering if Willow’s magpie is a little lonely? Now that his mum and dad have new babies to look after. How curious life can be.

These minuscule moments we must cherish. When I think about the uncertainties in life, the unpredictability we all experience. I tell myself to stop and look at the things around me. Appreciate what I have and where I live. My life is far from perfect but I am thankful for this day and the next and the next.

I know my daughter will carry her Magpie moments with her into adulthood. She has a special connection to nature with her art. She notices the little things like her brother does too. I know if she ever writes her books, filled with childhood memories maybe Mr Magpie will become famous.

Magpie and Baby by Willow

Magpie and Baby by Willow

Next week we are going on a road trip to Sydney to see Taylor Swift for the second time. Spending precious time with my sisters and family. I will be offline most of the time and am looking forward to unplugging from social media for a little while.

I hope you notice something curious and wonderful in your day or meet a friendly magpie.

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Reed met a friendly Magpie on the beach. Photo by Pete Unsworth

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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116 Responses to Good Morning Maggie

  1. roweeee says:

    Hi Kath,
    LOved your magpie post and magpies seemed to be so entwined into our Australian way of life…at least wherever I’ve lived. Before we had kids, we used to feed bread to the magpies at our old place and they were almost our babies. Our elderly neighbours feed the magpies every day and they’re good company aside from the odd demanding junior magpie who is always wanting more!
    Geoff works at Macquarie Uni and told me that the kookaburra have turned up outside their office since the studnets have left. They’re still getting their snacks. They’ve well-trained us humans!
    I really loved your magpies drawings and also Willow’s. Great photo of Reed at the beach with the magpie. I don’t think I’ve seen magpies at the beach before although I saw a crow at Whale Beach about a year ago, which looked quite out of place.
    I thought of you the other day when I atended a 3 hour workshop about picture books by illustrator Sarah Davis. She illustrated the Fearless Series and is just lovely. This 3 hour workshop was free. Couldn’t believe my luck! I soaked it all up like a sponge!
    I was also researching the Surfing Santa stamp from 1977 for a post and found this, which I thought you’d enjoy:
    I hope you are better prepared for Christmas than I. Both kids are leaving Ettalong Public School this year. Our son goes to high school locally and our daughter will be going off to the OC Class at Wyong. She may end up coming back but she’s very keen. With all of this going on, Christmas seems a long way away.
    xx Ro

    • Thanks Rowena with a new year comes lots of changes the magpies give us much joy. I hope its a time of peace and family moments for you. I have pretty much finished my xmas shopping. We don’t do gifts for the family when we get together as there are far too many of us. We gift the children and then have an xmas challenge of buying a present that is from an antique or recycled you can find beautiful presents this way, we throw them in the middle and all the grown ups take one. I got a wonderful wooden retro pineapple bowl last time. We all love to find the coolest present for the lowest price.It makes the day more about getting together and less about presents.

  2. Luanne says:

    I am so in love with this post. I am sitting here bouncing up and down haha. I LOVE magpies. I don’t know what it is. They are the coolest birds!!! We don’t have them either. It’s terrible. I tried for 5 years to write a magpie poem (for which I did a lot of research I might add), but NO, it wouldn’t turn out. Someday . . . . Bold little cats of the bird world.

  3. Wonderful post, Kath – and what an amazing experience for your daughter. Something she’ll never forget.

    • Thanks Cheryl I am sure she will use it for fodder in her Magpie picture book, she has been sketching and writing it it for awhile now. Next year I might encourage her to finish it. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. New Journey says:

    great post…and I love magpies…..the crow is my bird….seems to follow me everywhere….my husband didn’t believe me till we drove around the USA…..there was a crow everywhere we went with the exception of Florida…LOL didn’t see a one, hit Georgia and then they were….great story and pictures…..hope your time with your family was good…kat

  5. reocochran says:

    Have you considered this to be a special spirit visiting you? Not to make you think I am crazy, I wrote a story about a cardinal, one which gave me comfort within an hour or so of my grandfather’s death. On the right of my full wordpress blog, there is “cardinal” tag. When I submitted this to Guideposts Magazine, they sent me a short note saying that birds are like angels in some cultures. 🙂

    • I agree, on the day my father left this earth (he died at home with family nearby) my mum whispered to him to send her a message when he reached heaven. That very morning three Lorikeets sat on her railing outside her door, screeching loudly. It has never happened again. He made it to heaven we imagine.

  6. GirlAstray says:

    That is so beautiful 🙂 It´s a perfect setting for a childrens story: a girl talkig to a magpie. So nice and cute.

  7. Desi Clown says:

    such a cute story 🙂 We don’t have magpies here, and its the first time I’ve seen one. We make do with pigeons here, and they’re welcome although I wish they were toilet trained :p Maybe the magpie is indeed your daughter’s friend and comes to visit her each day. The pigeons here on the other hand often make noises when we delay feeding them, but that’s about the only connection they have with us :p

    • Hey Desi, I think the magpies are tired because their babies squawk all day for food and they have worked out that if they come and sit on the railing we feed them. But they are so cute and cheeky, especially the babies.

  8. Judy says:

    I just love the video and the pretty magpie!!

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