Wednesday, January 12, 2011
He's keeping watch quite literally, actually, because true to his mockingbird heritage, our little friend is extremely territorial. He has planted his "flag" on our deck, claiming it as his own. He guards his area at all hours, never allowing any other birds to come near it.
They last all of a few seconds before our mean little soldier flies straight at them, angrily shrieking and squawking. When the poor, startled things fly to a nearby tree, this, apparently is not far enough. He again dive-bombs into said tree until the trespasser gets the message and flies far away and out of sight. It's only then that he relaxes, puffy and content once more on his deck rail, victorious once again. (We've appropriately named him "Butch," after The Little Rascals bully who also had social issues!!)
Here's the thing about Butch: there is more food out there on that deck than he will ever be able to consume. With the snow falling, it's going to go bad and soggy before he could EVER finish all of it. But something in Butch tells him, "This is MINE! I don't CARE if you are in need, get your OWN! If you don't, I'll HURT you!" Childish, don't you think?
Yet, as I've watched the events unfold from this past weekend's tragedy, I can't stop thinking about that intolerant little mockingbird.
The fact remains that there are still so many needlessly hurtful, bitter words being used, all in the name of "debate," and one-upping each other as we scream loudly back and forth on "news" programs. We're so much better than this. All of us.
Like I've been trying to teach poor, territorial Butch: there is sooooo much space for EVERYONE. We may differ in size, shape, and opinions, but can't we still co-exist, and respect the fact that we're all here, in this beautiful place, with plenty of room to hold us all? This is my prayer today, for all of us. (Butch included!)
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