Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gratitude Journal - Day 23

This morning I am grateful for the return of the spring peepers. 
They've been back for about a week but it wasn't until last night that their symphony launched into full swing. I love falling asleep to their peeping at night and equally love hearing them in the early morning hours as the sun just begins to rise. 
I thought we lost them a few years back, when the city came in and razed all the trees in the wetlands next to our house. The trees were sacrificed so the small planes landing at our local airport would have a safer approach, but it was heartbreaking to have the peepers silenced in the midst of all that destruction. 

But the next spring they came back.
And they've been back ever since.
And as I learned in the above video, peepers are hearty little guys and gals. They don't die out or hibernate over the winter, they simply crawl under the leaves and freeze solid. They have an internal antifreeze system that allows them to thaw in the spring and literally come back to life! 

If that's not an Easter moment, I don't know what is.  :)

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