This winter seems to have been long and dark. Finally, spring is arriving here in Indiana, with the arrival of robins, daffodils, and new leaves emerging. This week, I needed a birthday gift for one of the little girls in the neighborhood. She's just starting to notice nature, and is intrigued by birds in particular. A little birdie seemed to be just the thing to knit for her. I'm ever so greatful that my Dad took my brother and I on all those nature walks when we were kids. Teaching an appreciation of nature has got to be right up there in the list of great things parents can do for their kids.