Inspiration flows from many sources, and I am constantly amazed what evokes the thoughts that comprise a story. Sunday being Mother’s day, it would be easy to focus on the Hallmark version as a feel good writing exercise.
There are many good women including my own mother who are deserving of recognition. I shall spend mine celebrating a remarkable lady who essentially raised three kids alone.
Instead, a friend’s Facebook status put the day in a different perspective for me. I felt enlightened with an understanding of the closeness and similarities of mankind and nature as it relates to parenthood in general. And it is not gender specific. More like, the natural order of the universe.
Michele’s words rang prophetic.
“Enjoying coffee on the deck watching a Red Tailed Hawk teaching her fledglings how to fly…. Awesome….”
Awesome indeed. And exactly what parenthood is about. Man and animal alike want only to see their offspring soar. There is no greater reward. And we hope they fly and, unlike the animal kingdom, return to the nest often.
We see the examples daily. I am amazed by it all, including Michele’s ability as a single mother to teach her own Birdie to fly.
We teach them to fly, hunt, and make their way through daily life. Watch as they grow and mature, perhaps build their own nests and have their own families. And as they fly, so do we as parents soar as we witness their successes, and watch as they too cope with failure. Like the red tailed hawk we try to minimize the failures as best we can.
Some fly away too soon as angels, some fly away to avoid life’s problems, never to return to the nest.
Some nests are destroyed and things are never the same. Except the parents love and concern. My ex, when not showing her talons, was a good teacher of the young ones. And even that should be celebrated, I suppose.
From the first breath, first day of school, first prom, first heartbreak until the parent’s last breath, the fledgling’s flight is of paramount importance, just like nature.
So on this day my wish to all is that your fledglings fly and to the children may you always soar. Happy Mother’s Day everyone !
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