A Mother’s Prayer
Wendy E. N. Thomas
It is time.
Anxious to join the world, the little chick unfolds her wings
Uncoils her body
Stretches her legs
“Take care, take care,” cautions mama bird
Feathers not yet fully matured holding only future promises
The chick steps on the edge of the nest and looks at the precariousness before her
You’ve got this.
A deep breath
A leap of absolute faith
Exploding from the nest flying, falling, tumbling to the ground
Momentarily discouraged by the inability to fly like the others
A bruised feather
“Take care, take care,” encourages mama
She quickly flies to the chick’s side
Teaches her to hide from the hawks
How to find shelter
This is what you eat
The chick regains balance
She begins to feel solid
Awkwardly, she hop-flies to the nearest tree branch.
And looks out upon the world that is now hers
She’s got this.
“Take care, take care,” prays the mama
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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