"Birds, I've missed birds. I knew they flew south for the winter, but I didn't know that was what they really meant -- that they would all be gone."
When the birds fly south for the winter from Dallas, it means the geese fly over head and the ducks leave, but lots of birds are still to be found. In Utah, my daughter discovered that when the birds go south for the summer they all go south, leaving a land completely barren of flying things.
Yes, Heather is back from BYU for Christmas, Rachel is now seven and still alive and it has been a wonderful day.
When they told me that when I got older I'd be happy with simple things, I didn't know that was what they meant.