[mou] No Western Tanager?
thomas at angelem.com
Mon Apr 30 22:51:11 EDT 2007
Well, I came home from a delightful weekend and heard from my
roommate that many people came and saw this wondrous bird. It showed
up throughout the weekend although relatively hit and miss as many
visitors probably discovered. My roomie's last report was that the
bird was observed and heard singing in the honey locust tree in front
of the house. Awesome considering that I had never heard it utter a
peep. She also said she truly enjoyed interacting with as many
visitors as she could and loves you guys. You are all so
considerate, enthusiastic, passionate and patient. She said she had
never met so many simply nice people. So thank you all for being you!
Today, Monday, I did not see or hear hide nor hair of our feathered
beastie. I patiently paced my house, window to window, had
delightful visitors and they too saw nary a sign nor trace of our
displaced rainbow wonder.
I am feeling traces of sadness if indeed this miracle bird has moved
on and that my yard might not be blessed with it's presence and grace
again. But, more than sadness I am feeling an honor and gratitude
that I got to share space with this bird and had the joy of sharing
food, water and comfort with it. A experience like this puts all my
career working and efforts, my daily misdirections, my judgments and
assessments of myself and others into corrected illumination. This
bird in all its perfection did not struggle to survive, make
mistakes, blow an assignment, or fail in any way - even in its
apparent straying from its normal abode it was a gift and gave simply
by being what and who it is. I look at everything that enters my
life, my space, my awareness as a mirror to something in me that I
get to be reminded of and to embrace or give up - whatever works for
me having the life I say is worth living. This bird gave me a boat
load of mirrors in the ease with which it survives and thrives. I
know that if it left here, it is likely moving on to what will
fulfill its life. What do I get to let go of to move on to mine?
Thank you little bird and thank you for all of you who I got to meet
as a result of the bird's visit. There are no accidents.
I will keep posting if any sign of the bird shows up.
Spring Lake Park
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