A leap of faith

June 10, 2010 at 8:31 am 3 comments

Last year, several broods of bluebirds hatched in the blubird box in our back yard. This year, however, some other species of bird began nesting there.  We didn’t have the heart to kick them out, so we let nature take its course.

Yesterday, the babies began to leave the nest. The parents sat in nearby trees and shrubs, trying to coax the little ones out. Mom or dad would fly to the box with a big worm or moth, quickly poking it into and out of the hole to tease the little birds.  (See what awaits you out here?)

I became caught up in the drama and moved with my laptop to the back porch so I could work while I watched. One by one, the youngsters would hoist themselves from the sticks and leaves inside and sit on the edge of the hole—still in the box but with a (somewhat) unobstructed view of a brand new world.

I’m sure it must have been scary for them to look around and see things they’d never seen before! Because the older birds had teased the youngsters with juicy insects, the babies instinctively knew that great things awaited them, yet they hesitated. Each one surveyed its surroundings but tightly grasped the box’s edge, on the precipice of a new beginning but leery of the change. I got close enough to one of them to truly sense its fear: should I stay or should I go?

I sympathize with those babies because it’s human nature to hesitate when we’re in a quandry. The world can be a frightening place, but sometimes we must take a leap of faith and spread our wings.


Entry filed under: On the homefront, Random.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MaryAnn  |  June 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    We can learn so much from observing nature.
    And how wonderful that you can watch the birds and work at the same time. Perfect working conditions!

  • 2. Rita  |  June 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    You’re so right, MaryAnn. We can learn a lot from fuzzy creatures!

  • 3. Karen  |  July 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I can just imagine how scary that is for them….


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