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Lesson 1565 – A Mother’s Prayer

 

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

Worthy

Confident

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

 

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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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Lesson 1250 – Be careful, little mama

I know I’ve been a little erratic on the blog lately, please bear with me – it’s a combination of the last week of classes, upcoming finals, syllabus preparation for my summer class, work, and trying to learn all I can about best forestry practices in New Hampshire. (yup a local forester told me I needed to read some books on forestry when I challenged some of his decisions … so I did) while continuing to write articles and documents.

Been a little busy of late.

But I want to keep you updated on our mama bird in the holiday wreath situation.

She is alive and well. Marc took these photos this morning.

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We’re still trying to use the backdoor as much as possible, but I’ve also been trying to get mama bird used to people *quietly* using the front door. When I go out that way, I try to open the door slowly and I avoid eye contact. Opening the door slowly makes less noise.

Avoiding eye contact makes me feel like I’m being sneaky.

So far, so good.

We saw the male this past weekend and I was surprised to see that he had red on his head and chest. A quick look in our bird book and we were able to identify this lovely family as belonging to a house finch.

I’ve read that some of these smaller birds can have 2 sets of chicks in a season. They hatch one group, get them flying on their own, and then they lay a new clutch of eggs.

Be careful with that strategy little mama, if you’re not careful, you’re going to still have kids in high school when your friends already have their empty nests.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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