Dee Callahan Art Blog
Springtime happens to be my very favorite time of the year! This is so for many reasons; the first being that I look at it as a time of renewal, a time of re-birth. It is the time of the year when the flowers are blooming, even here in the desert, and the birds are up earlier, thus so am I!
Springtime means many things to me. It is when clocks are set forward, and we "Spring Ahead", rather than fall back. It is a time that I seem to have more energy just looking at all of the bright sunflowers and watching the tree's leaves return~ In any case, Spring also includes Easter, which is definitely a time for re-birth and renewal~It is a time for "New Life"
I have always loved Doves. They are a symbol of peace. I am fortunate to be living in an area of the United States where Doves frequent my abode. If you have followed my blogs from the past, you will know that Doves have a very significant place in my life. My Mother and I used to watch the Doves together every day on my back patio~ She loved watching them fly and land in my torch lamp, and a few years ago, one Mama Dove birthed her babies there~
We also used to read the Bible together, and my mother and I had a particular passage in Psalms that we loved to share. It is Psalms 55:6 and reads " Oh,that I had wings like a Dove, I would fly away and be at rest" When it came time for my mother to pass on, she told me that she would be back as a Dove, and I would know it was her for sure~
It has been 6 years since my mother's passing~ This Spring I have certainly felt her presence. In April, a Mama Dove, flew into my entry, which is adjoined by an open courtyard. She preferred the entry because I had a setee with many pillows there. In fact, I added even more pillows as it had rained and since the pillows in the courtyard chairs were uncovered, I decided to add them to the stack on the setee~
Mama Dove must have taken this as a welcome gesture, as she proceeded to bring twig after twig and build her nest there,as I watched daily with excitement..... After a few days, she had completed her task and begin her labor process. It was fun to take photos of her every day. You will see many in my art gallery named "At Birth". After about a week, she laid one small egg, then later (about two days later) she laid another...then her real "Labor of unconditional Love",began... as she deligently sat on her eggs, waiting for them to hatch~
After about another week plus, one baby was born. A few days later, the other "egg baby" hatched and was welcomed into this world. Mama,Dove was as proud of them as I was I feel gratitude in my heart for this wonderful blessing~ All life is precious, but "New Life" is special~