"I realize there's something incredibly honest about trees in the winter, how they're experts at letting things go." - Jeffrey McDaniel
I've had an exciting month watching my first pair of bluebirds build a nest in my bluebird box. She laid five eggs and all five hatched. I was able to check in on them almost daily until they got too big and could leave.
Last night I went to just listen for the babies standing next to the box and I heard nothing. Honestly, I got worried. I risked a peak and discovered they had fledged. They were gone. After a quick google search, I learned they don't come back. They take short flights in the yard and find safety nearby. The mother continues to feed them for a period of time.
I was sad. Today I sat out in the hammock and discovered the mama bird darting through the yard. She was going back and forth from a pair of trees and the bluebird feeder with mealworms. I couldn't find the babies and I'm convinced she was feeding them all day long by her actions.
I had let my babies go only to find joy today in watching the mother bustling about my yard going from tree to tree. I didn't expect to let go and find joy...I think there's something here; something bigger about life and honestly letting go.
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