With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Sue Hubbell is the author of A Country Year and A Book of Bees (both Mariner Books), and her work has appeared in Smithsonian, the New Yorker, and Time. She lives on the coast of Maine and has been an academic librarian, a labor organizer, a draft counselor, a commercial beekeeper, and a farmer.
In the afternoon I once again brought Bird outside. This time he followed me partway along the path; by now he had begun to associate me with food and wanted to keep me in sight. Annie, inside and awake now, rushed from window to window as Bird and I walked slowly along the path. She was astounded; I was taking something edible for a walk.