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Life Lessons from a Little Red Cardinal

A watchful CardinalGuard sings his most menacing song from the tree above our campsite.

Last month marked my second trek to Garner State Park in west Texas. Our first visit was last July, when it was sunny, warm and packed with fellow campers.

But this was February, and the park was nearly empty. We arrived after hours and navigated through the park in the cold, chilly darkness until we found our very same campsite from July. We parked, set up our tent and headed out again in search of victuals and firewood.

A light rain was falling when we returned and crawled into our tiny tent for the evening.

The next morning, I awoke to a sound I definitely wasn’t expecting to hear in the dead of winter.

“Heeeeerrrreeee pretty birdie birdie birdie birdie birdie!”


Unbelievably, amazingly, he was back. Our personal CardinalGuard. 


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