For Florida children, summertime means beach days. And in my house, beach days have always meant feeding the birds. My sister and I loved it as kids, and now I enjoy watching my daughters chase after the seagulls.
We never feed the birds during the day when the beach is crowded with people — beachgoers don’t want birds flocking overhead. Rather we head down to the water’s edge at the end of a full day of play. It’s peaceful that time of day, around 5 pm, when most of the crowd has gone home. And within minutes we are regularly surrounded by birds.
Mom has always saved stale crackers and bread, marking them with a Sharpie in the pantry “Bird Food.” And since everything goes stale quickly at the beach, there is never a short supply. Armed with bags of assorted breads and crackers, the feast is over within minutes.
Watching my girls feed the birds, I am often reminded of the beggar lady selling bags of bird feed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in Mary Poppins. And sometimes K joins me in song.
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
Feed the birds,” that’s what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies
I never really thought about our tradition of feeding the birds until I met my husband, and he pointed out that not everyone feeds the birds like we do. To me it was just something we always did.
When I discovered this clip of my sister and I feeding the birds from 1989 thanks to YesVideo, it made me smile because the video could just have easily been taken last summer at the beach of my girls. Laughing and chasing the birds, tossing stale bread and crackers.
I look forward to feeding the birds this summer. And this summer, I will take video in addition to my photos to capture the sights and sounds of their delight in feeding the birds.
Sharing this video with my daughters of my sister and I feeding the birds was made possible when I transferred old 8 mm tapes to digital and DVD with YesVideo. If you have video footage locked away on an old format, do something about it. Relive your memories (and possible photo opps) with YesVideo.