I was out of half & half this morning, and it was early, around 6am, so I had to spend a few moments figuring out what would be open. Once I settled on a store that wasn’t too close but close enough, I sent a text to my sleeping daughter in the off chance she woke while I was out and worried: Ran out for cream. Back in a few minutes. Love you.

Pulling out of the neighborhood, I notice in the street a cardinal standing there, in the center of the road. It is quite still. Perhaps it is pecking gravel or some crumb it has found there. But this happens in a split moment —