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Friday, May 14, 2010

Musings: Art out of the Box: Falling and Flying





Spring brings out the birds! I love it. I have wrens nesting in my ivy and a robin couple moved in under my porch pillar.

Yesterday, Mrs. Robin fell. She tried to fly and fell out of the climbing hydrangea. Cara, my mom-greyhound wanted desperately to help her. We discouraged that. I trust Cara, but Mrs. Robin wasn't having that and looked really terrified by a very worried 72 pound dog coming to her rescue.

Mr. Robin acted like most men do. He stood on the roof next door trying to figure out what to do next. Eventually he swooped down and brought her the birdy version of carry out food. As guys go, he was pretty good with the emergency.

My neighbor kids also wanted to pick her up, help her up. I did too. But we went online and checked. They said to let her find her way. Finally I spoke to a rehabber who said to wait until morning and then catch her and take her to the local vet.

It's a hard thing, doing nothing. It feels sometimes like impotence, sometimes like ignorance, sometimes like a lack of empathy. Sometimes it's the only kindness.

I woke up this morning to find her on the other side of the porch. I called the neighbor kids over, got the cat carrier out and watched as she flew delicately into the trees. She waited to let us know. She knew we meant her well. She wanted us to know she was all right.

When I saw that video of the hummingbird it reminded me. Sometimes we need help. Sometimes we just need someone to stand by us while we find our own way. Everyone falls.  The hope is that we find the will to fly. No one can do it for us. But they can stand by, watch, wait, and offer us their strength until we find our own. We find our own wings and our own flight on the love and strength of those who watch for us.

4 comments:

Grace said...

Great video find Ellen and love your words about carry on in the face of adversity.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful video. As a city girl I am in awe of such goings on.

Robbie said...

Great video! My hubby and I watched it together. We have baby robins every year and hubby puts a piece of plexiglass on our deck floor to keep the rain from dripping into her nest (which is under our deck floor). We even set up a web cam one year to watch the babies. Thanks for sharing!

Ellen Anne Eddy said...

We're seeing her , and her babies flying around. Mom nature does know best!

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