As my friend and I left the cafeteria after our breakfast duty and headed for our classroom, we took the shortcut outside. She was a few steps ahead of me, so when I said, “Oh, look,” the building was blocking her view. “Come back here for a minute, look up at that tree,” I said, pointing. The slender branches of the tree reached high, barely green with buds still tightly closed, awaiting a few more days of warm weather to pry them open. On the uppermost branch, sat a lone cardinal, scarlet plumage brilliant against the clear blue sky. Once our attention was turned toward it, we could hear its whistles and trills greeting the sunny morning. What a serene moment for the start of the day.