BC: From me to you with love
1: by Deanne Allred Miller | Egglantine
2: On the shady porch, under the creeping vine, and above the old porch swing, something wonderful happens every year.
3: It all begins with the return of Egglantine Hummer to her summer home. Granny lives in the big house behind the porch. That makes Egglantine and Granny neighbors. Over the years they have become good friends. They seem to like the same things: flowers and children.
4: "Come quickly," calls Granny to the children, "Egglantine is back!" The children come running, they are excited.
5: Egglantine is tasting all of Granny's flowers, she especially likes the red ones. Then she settles into her nest.
6: The children watch, then they wait and wait. | Days later, Granny calls to the children. "Come and see!" Two tiny white eggs are in the nest.
7: Granny holds her big mirror high above the nest so all the children can see. Then the children wait.. .
8: Days later, when the eggs begin to crack, Granny whispers to the children, "Come and see, Heady and Hoppy are hatching!" She places a ladder near the nest. At first the birds look like two tiny brown raisins. As the children wait and watch tiny feathers begin to appear on the little birds. The children look but never touch.
11: As the days pass, Egglantine keeps very busy buzzing back and forth from the flowers to the nest feeding her little bird children. | The babies get bigger and bigger and the nest begins to look smaller and smaller.
12: "Come very very quickly," calls Granny. "Heady and Hoppy are out of their nest!" The baby birds are sitting on a tree branch. They jump from one small branch to another, flapping their little wings as they jump. Granny says the little birds are getting ready to fly away.
14: The children say good-bye to Egglantine, Heady and Hoppy Hummer, as they leave their summer home. Granny tells the children Egglantine will be back again next year to hatch her little bird children. Granny smiles because she knows that next year there will be more little grandchildren to watch for the return of Egglantine Hummer.