We are just weeks away from Spring, even though you would never know it in my neck of the woods, and for me it’s time to start saving dryer lint. Funny right? But yes I am saving dryer lint for the birds. It’s a tradition I started after my cousin Kimm passed. He saved his dryer lint for the birds all winter long, and when spring arrived he would scatter it on the bushes out front of his house and watch as the birds carted it off piece by piece.
Kimm’s life was cut short by a childhood illness, Reye Syndrome, which caused liver failure leading to his death. One of the last times I was with him I asked if there was anything that needed to be done and he said, “yes the laundry was piling up” so to the basement I headed to catch it up. While there I noticed a large bag full of dryer lint and asked him if he would like for me to take it to the trash. He quickly said, “NO, he had been saving it all winter long for the birds.” Kimm was a funny fellow and I mean he had a sense of humor like no one else so I went along with him and asked, “what will the birds be doing with all this lint?” He proceeded to tell me how he would leave the lint on the trees and bushes, watch the birds fly off with their find, and later he would drive through the neighborhood looking for bird nests with small bits of dryer lint woven into their intricate nests.
I thought what a brilliant idea, as well as it being something he enjoyed doing. So from that day forward I started saving my dryer lint every spring for the birds and with every load of laundry I think of Kimm. Maybe this is something you would like to do too if you are a bird lover? 🙂