|Carolina Wren (public domain)|
Meanwhile, it's been years since I was in the Big Apple, and I was delighted at how helpful most New Yorkers were. If I even looked a bit lost (which happened several times in Penn Station, believe me), or appeared to be struggling with my suitcase in the subway, people came forward to help. Will the Tar Heelers be as welcoming? I'm sure they will, and that their warmth, like that of the New Yorkers, will help compensate for the cold temperatures of this supposedly spring visit. Snow flurries this morning, yikes! But the fruit trees and daffodils are flowering and the birds are singing--including the properly located Carolina Wrens (actually widespread) and, a treat for me these days, richly red Northern Cardinals.