Today I noticed that the humming bird feeder was empty. Well, actually I noticed earlier it in the week, but today is the first time I've done something about it.
I put the water in the microwave to boil. I'm not sure that this step is necessary, but it does help the sugar dissolve really quickly, so I do it anyway.
As I measured out the sugar, I thought of my mom. Every time she wanted to make humming bird food, she called me for the recipe. I repeat, every time. I even wrote it out for her and stuck it on the side of her microwave. She still called. "Two cups of water and 1/2 cup of sugar, Mom."
I don't think it ever occurred to me at the time that the hummer food recipe was just an excuse to call and talk to me. I'd love to be able to pick up the phone and call her and say, "Hi, Mom. Have you fed your hummingbirds lately? Let me tell you how to make it."