I saw them today. They were beautiful, graceful, unannounced and without luggage. Dancing..intertwining like the two lovers on the willow pattern plate..The swallows have arrived; Summer has sent her landing party. It's odd the things we use to mark out the year. For me, it was a conker tree in the "babies' yard". I loved collecting conkers in September..the joy of being the first person ever to see the little auburn nut... The Spring brought the sticky buds..The Summer brought forth branches, bent with lignified scolioses under the weight of candles and the green leaves. I could see all this from my desk...I hated school.