Thursday, March 19, 2020

Slice of Life #20 Challenge Day 19/31: The Pileated Woodpecker

Slice of Life #20 Challenge Day 19/31: 
The Pileated Woodpecker

Hammer. Hammer. Hammer.

When I initally heard this noise a few months ago, I panicked. I couldn't figure out what was hammering on my house. Was someone trying to get in?

Hammer. Hammer. Hammer.

Then I saw it - a pileated woodpecker, hammering into the green siding of the house I rent. I noticed two small holes, just underneath my outside lights. Although I initially reported it to my landord, he already knew about it and assured me that there wasn't much I could do. 

Trust me, many Saturday and Sunday mornings this sound has disturbed my sleep, startling me awake. It's loud. It's annoying. It makes my old house vibrate.

This isn't the pileated woodpecker that visits my house.
Instead, it is a photo my dad took last year, somewhere in SE Wisconsin. 

But this morning, on my first day of distance learning, I heard the hammering. I peeked out the window and saw him - the woodpecker, trying to build a nest. Or something. 

I smiled. His hammering was something I expected. Especially in a world that seems so unpredictable and scary lately, I loved hearing this familiar sound of the pileated woodpecker. 

If you look closely, you can see two small holes of damage caused by woodpeckers. 

For the first time, I realized that this pounding reminds of a heartbeat - a consistent rhythm. 
As strange as it sounds, it brought me a bit a peace this morning. For this, I am especially grateful. 

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  1. Trina, it is comforting to have something familiar around now. I heard our governor say that there will be changes in everything in the future. Nature remains our constant.

  2. I think we crave normalcy, and the woodpecker represents that. I appreciate this memory because it reminds me of time at my grandparents’ home. Right now I’m awakened each morning to construction. A neighbor is building a shop at his home.

  3. Funny how what was once annoying becomes familiar and even comforting. We love what we know & expect. I am glad that you have found comfort in this normalcy. May the heartbeat continue.


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