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To Admire the Beginning

Posted by Jen on May 13, 2009 at 7:00 AM in Nature
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and then there were two

Now none of us are afraid of climbing that stepladder that will help you gingerly climb onto the table that will let you peek over the edge of this incredible nest. Everyday we take turns visiting our very own newborn nursery to see the latest arrivals.

Look, Mom, they don't even have very many feathers yet! They look so helpless and tiny!

I tell them that all brand new things--birds and babies especially--need so much care when they're new.

That's why we never wanted to put you down when you were first born. You seemed so fragile and frail.

We nod to each other as the next child waits for a turn to climb the ladder, then stand on the table. At this rate, we could probably charge admission, once the neighborhood kids find out.

I watch the whole scene and note how silently both kids take turns watching. No one touches, no one speaks, except to murmur praise and compassion. We are getting a chance to admire the beginning, when the simplest things take so much effort, when every day carries with it so many little changes and so much hope.

6 Comments

Amber writes...

Oh my, that's amazing! I don't think I've ever seen birds that young. They make human babies seem very hardy by comparison, I have to say.

Mariella writes...

awesome!! How fun & exciting. xoxo, ~ M.

kelly writes...

wow, this is so cool! it's so everyday, and so miraculous at the same time...like a lot of things in life, i guess...

thanks so much for this picture. it captures the fragility, the resiliency of life. hard to imagine these little wisps of beings will soon fly...

tracey writes...

sniff sniff. wow! you're beholding a miracle!what words to go with this amazing shot. it makes me weepy.

Jennifer writes...

We've been trying to look in our mama robin's nest at the new babies, but she was pretty clever in her building design and we can't quite see in - so thanks for the view! and the lovely writing!

Amy writes...

I just love this post. New life is so amazing, no matter what species. While the miracle of birth is still overwhelming, I find survival in the animal kingdom ever so precious and sacred. Thanks for sharing!

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