First, I would like to thank Steve Pucillo. Second, thank you to the Enterprise for prominently featuring the issue of the birdhouses and raising awareness. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the powers that be for reconsidering their removal.

I just want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing pull that these birdhouses have — what they are and why they are so important. The birdhouses cannot be clearly categorized. Are they birdhouses or bird art? How do they mean so much to so many people? Is there a message about happy homes, even if they are for the birds? From the gloomy, gray pandemic spring of 2020 until today, they have brought good cheer to walkers who come for a stroll, seeking to escape loneliness, even fear. The little birdhouses made us feel part of their community, their little bird kingdom, while we wandered in disarray and dysfunction through the pandemic. They made us feel as if someone still cared, perhaps even about us and for us, and if that mystery maker could sow seeds of joy, perhaps we could grow them. That is the power that trees, art, and small children have in common: the power of hope.

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