1.18.2010

Night Owls


The most wonderful thing happened tonight. I was getting ready for bed. Brandon was watching something on TV, the dogs were snoozing in peaceful little piles of fur. Suddenly Brandon muted the TV, the dogs sat up, alert. Then in our silent little house we listened intently to two owls hooting softly outside in the night.

We crept to the bedroom window closest to the field to listen in the darkness. The dogs sat patiently, heads cocked to the side, as we pressed our faces to the glass. There in my room of dreams we held our breath while the owls called out hellos from their nighttime hunts.

Oh, that spare bedroom. I call it my "room of dreams" because of all the hope that lives in those walls. Have you ever been inside a room like that? A room where peaceful feelings just jump out at you? I cannot be in that room without feeling terribly wistful, and without picturing a crib against the wall, a rocker right there in the corner . . .

It was too dark outside to see anything, but still we peered into the skies, just in case. "I wonder what they're saying to each other?" I asked. "Hoo-hoo's on first?" Brandon said. Well, that's why I married him.

I thought a little bit about my room of dreams while the owls continued their hunt. My room of dreams has waited patiently, though last month I noticed that the mess in there had become quite a jungle, and that with just five months left in Moscow, this room will probably never see any of my babies. It wasn't sad, like I thought it would be. So I moved all my clothes in last month and laid down a rug. I dusted off my dreams and polished up my hopes, so I can see them better while I'm there getting dressed. It is such a wonderful room. It is my Someday room.

Have you ever wished upon a midnight owl? I have.

I bet you know what I wished for.

25 comments :

  1. I hope your wish comes true.

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  2. Owls are very lucky creatures I think. Auspicious definitely.

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  3. What a wonderful post! We all ought to have a room of dreams. Sandly this flat hasn't room full stop..

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  4. "Wish upon a midnight owl" sounds good!! Hope your wish comes true :)

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  5. i had the very same room with the very same dream...

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  6. Wishing . . .

    Living the dream,

    Imposed,

    Thoughts of life, hope

    life.

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  7. Room of dreams. Hooty owls. Sounds lovely. Thank you.

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  8. I have a dream...and a wish for you that I hope come true too.

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  9. How very lucky you are!

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  10. my wish would be for yours to come true. perhaps the fairy godowl will grant you your wish...when you wish upon an owl.

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  11. My room of dreams isn't an actual, tangible room. It's in my heart, though. And just because it ain't tangible doesn't mean it's not real, you know...I find myself there sometimes, even without meaning to. It's a lovely place, my room of dreams.

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  12. I have a dream to be able to hear owls from my house at night, how wonderful!

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  13. you wished for a stork on an owl?

    well, if anyone knows how to speak stork, the owls are by far the wisest you know...it's a good place to start.

    ~hl~
    {www.hoscorners.blogspot.com}

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  14. I'm thinking you should choose owls as your nursery motif when the time comes...

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  15. Oh, owls are a lovely nursery motif. I think they'd enjoy the homage, also. Rooms of dreams are nice things to have, hope even better. Thanks for always being an inspiration, Nat.

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  16. Really beautiful writing here, Nat.

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  17. I've never heard an owl. That is so cool! I'll pray that you get your wish...

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  18. Owls are such amazing animals. Such peaceful sounds.

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  21. Owls? for such such sound sends a shiver down y spine.
    Good you were two, the warmth and love is enough to drive alway such cold.


    Never new about the wishes coming through.
    In Nigeria is a sign of bad omen.
    All superstitious believe.

    nice writing. One point!

    WINNING MINDS

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  22. Lovely post. I hope that your wish upon those midnight owls come true. As quickly as they are meant too.

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  23. If that owl send a stork your way will you send him my way? Wishing a stork for you, and me too.

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  24. Wait! Holbs said "hoo hoo's on first"???? I came back to this post because I was going to comment that we found an owl living in our barn tonight and how cool that was, considering you just wrote about owls. But I must have missed the "joke" from H-Man. Dude.... I'm having to dig through my stack-o'-DVDs for something, anything, to peel that juicy nugget off my brain.

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  25. This is my favorite post of yours. I've found it and re-read it about fifty times, and I'll probably do it another fifty just for the hell of it.
    Thank you for being you, Nat.

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