i struggled all week with what i should write for my sunday blog post. today's horrific news made it seems unimportant.
such evil & sadness this week; from the stanford rape case to today's mass shooting, and lord only knows what has happened in the small corners of this country which the media did not pick up.
there is nothing i write you cannot live without. however, i penned this observation earlier and It seems appropriate today considering the divisiveness we face as americans.
i witnessed a battle last evening as the sun was setting. i watched as they moved swiftly, all six or seven of them. they were moving so fast i couldn’t count with confidence. it was so loud & terrifying. they were attacking, raging, i knew something was terribly, terribly wrong. i had never seen anything like it.
the disruption took away my focus from the guests in my home. we were there to create visions of our futures & how we want to see them unfold. i was distracted. this was happening now & i was in the moment.
the windows across my studio number 15. there is an abundance of light, even when it is waning in the evening sky, so my view was crystal clear.
from far away it appeared as a scene out alfred hitchcock’s film “the birds.” it wasn’t normal. the menagerie of starlings, robins & blue jays were squawking & swooping in what appeared to be against one another. it was so loud.
they weren’t fighting each other.
i saw it rising once, then down & rose quickly again, with it’s wings set for full flight. the colorful group of winged creatures ensuring the safety of another chased the evil, the expansive brown hawk. like first responders, the gang of fowl continued to swoop & holler telling the perpetrator they were in charge. evil was not welcome here.
i raced to see what caused such commotion, presuming one of the flock's own had been attacked. i was wrong. the smallest of baby bunnies was flaying around in the greenest of grass. those ridiculously loud, gloriously protective creatures had been risking their safety for that of another's child.
how lovely would it be if we could all go to bat for the ones different than us; the ones who do not look like us; because our skin is not the same color; or they live in another neighborhood; because have different religious or political beliefs; or because they love someone other than the traditional ideal.
while nature has it predators waiting to strike on those who are innocent or weak, we can rise up as a community & defend those in need. we can come together no matter the differences & protect those who cannot always ask for the help.
to know, as a mother, that when my daughter goes out into the world unknown, there will always be people who don’t look like her, sound like her, think like her or love like her, but are there for her, my babybird.
we must teach our children to respect those who are weaker & more trusting. we must lead our future leaders to be kind hearted, thoughtful & know right from wrong, no matter what or where.
once the air raid in my backyard vanished, i offered protection to the now traumatized & wounded baby hare. as i placed iron chairs over it to avoid further attack, it righted itself a bit. staring up at me, it’s breathing raced as it darted away from my assist. i whispered repeatedly how sorry & it would be alright. with another burst of energy, it made a wobbly dash for safety beneath a stack of pallets nearby.
this morning i made a cautious check for a lifeless body beneath the wooden stack. there was no body. there was no baby bunny. it had moved on, hopefully guided by it’s mother to a place of healing. a second chance, because one community protected the vulnerable, even though it was not their own & was nothing like them, except alive.
my heart breaks for all who suffer from hate, violence & injustice. teach your children better. listen & pay attention to those who may be in need of better brain health.
our country is only as strong as the weakest part. stop blaming others, look inward & ask what can i do? how can i help others? how can i help my community? how can we make america stronger.
as always i wish you all...
peace, love & gratitude.