Birdsongs and well-known dogs


By Vicki Scott

This week, I’d like to share a letter I wrote to the new owner of our house in Glencoe.

Dear new owner,
To my knowledge we’ve never met, but I wanted to welcome you to your new home. My prayers are that you will be as blessed as we were during our short stay here. I heard you grew up on this street, so you know how awesome Glencoe is. There are a few things I’d like to mention.
The first thing I noticed about this place was the presence of so many birds. They seem to love the huge Christmas tree in the backyard. I love to hear birds sing; it is very soothing.
A missionary in Haiti once told me that he was there for six months and never even saw a bird fly. Matthew 6:26 says “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” If you are having a bad day, try listening to the birds singing. It is almost like you have a Tree of Life in your backyard.
Speaking of life, we’ve had many opportunities to watch children practice sports on Independence Field behind out backyard. There is one guy that should be professional from the many times he has served on the field. Our dogs Reba and Sandy expected to be petted when the young ones entered our yard to retrieve soccer balls that went over the fence into our yard. Reba is a border collie that looks like a border collie and Sandy is half border collie but looks like a yellow lab. They were well known in the neighborhood.
Also in the back yard are some sheds that housed nine of my husband Alan’s 15 motorcycles. He loves his motorcycles, which are now in a good place all together. Alan is now able to spend every day with all his motorcycles.
If you are not affiliated with a church, I would like to invite you to visit Cove Creek Baptist Church. We were invited to Cove Creek while living in an apartment in Rainbow City. We searched for a house in Glencoe because of Cove Creek. I sure do miss everyone there.
Located next to Cove Creek is the George Wallace Senior Center. These two places are where my and Alan’s adventures began. I worked and Alan volunteered at the center. If you want to be blessed, I suggest you volunteer there as well. The opportunities are endless through the love and advice the seniors have to offer. The success of my writing career started at the center.
Do not let anyone persuade you to move to New York or somewhere like that, not that there is anything wrong with New York. So many opportunities and blessings are right here in Glencoe.
Your neighbors are awesome. Faye Moore, who worked with me at the senior center and who recently passed away, lived across the street and would watch our house and dogs while we were away. Her home will have new owners soon, and I pray they will be blessed as well.
When Faye passed away, I thought no one would watch our house. We kept our Jeep parked in the driveway as security, and one night the lights started flashing. It turned out that there was a short in the Jeep’s system, but the point is that we were alerted by Faye’s daughter and some of our church members. Faye’s son kept watch on her house and let his sister know about the flashing lights, and she in turn let us know. What a ble-ssing!
We have had other neighbors help take care of us during other incidents, and we praise God for them as well. Since you grew up on this street, this is not new information.
New owner, your new house is just a house, but the memories it represents for us are priceless, and I wanted to share a few of them with you. We set the bar high in the blessings we received during our short stay, and I’m sure you’ll be able to add to the blessings with blessings of your own. Our thoughts and prayers are lifted for you and your new chapter in life. May there be showers of blessings!

Yours truly, Vicki Scott

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