As soon as the school bus deposited the neighbor kids one came over and I could hear the excitement in her voice as she shared with her siblings that the birds had flown the nest so I had to go out and fess up. They decided to go on a mission to find the babies and return them to the nest. Not 10 minutes late they rang my bell and had captured one of the babies. Together we got it back onto the shrub near the nest.
Well, the next day the nest was once again empty so I guess Mom and Dad robin felt that even though it might be a few days premature their fledglings would be OK.
I wondered why it is so easy for birds and not for us. I’d heard of another bird species — though which one escapes me at the moment — where once the babies are hatched the mama goes about building a nest for each baby to inhabit later. But by the time the baby is old enough, the nest has been deteriorated by the elements because I was told, the moral of the story is each one has to make it on its own.
As human parents when we see that our young are reaching his or her goals, getting the degree, getting a steady job, finding the perfect soulmate, having children and parenting them, well it is easier to be OK with not having that control or input. They’ve spread their wings and are soaring.
But when we see them flopping and hopping about, lost and not finding their way that’s when we want to swoop in and threaten to peck anyone or anything who is threatening our fledgling. So maybe the bird comparisons make sense after all.
Best wishes to all the area graduates as they launch into a new chapter of life and best wishes to their parents!
Denise Fedorow is a columnist and correspondent for The Goshen News. Her column appears every other week. She also wants to wish all the dads and granddads a very Happy Father’s Day. You can reach her by email at email@example.com or on Facebook.