Real estate agents have a mantra – Location, location, location! And they’re right. Location can mean the difference between a successful choice or one that doesn’t quite work out the way you’d thought.
Earlier this spring, a mourning dove built a nest in a pot of pansies hanging over part of our patio. I wish I could’ve told her she’d chosen a poor location. The flowers were near the grilling station and next to an area where we sit outside. It was exposed to all the elements. From inside, we watched her sit on the nest through sun, rain and wind. Our excitement grew as the days went by. Surely little birds would be chirping soon. One day, she flew away, leaving three perfect little eggs behind. We waited, but she never returned.
Now a little wren is sitting on eggs in a nest built into a wreath by our front door. The nest is protected from the elements. Her only problem is that people have to pass the nest to get inside. (I’ve posted a sign on a post outside that warns people that Mama Bird is in the nest and we try not to use the front door too often. She seems to understand we won’t disturb her home.
Why this story? So I can tie it into writing. (I hear some of you groaning! )
Choosing a location for your story is as important as a mama bird choosing a site for her nest. A location or setting can often be a huge part of your story. I love reading about places I haven’t visited.
How about you? What stories have you loved in large part because of their location?