UPDATE: The winner is…Denise!
“There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”
~ John Hightower
“Might, could, would — they are contemptible auxiliaries.” ~ George Eliot
Both of these quotes are talking about the same thing. The opposite of taking the middle of the road or dreaming about what you might-could-would do is having the courage to take the plunge, to go all in.
The photo was one I found on a stock photo site when I typed in “Courage”. It made me laugh. I can’t imagine what would go through a bird’s mind before taking that leap. And before you think, “It’s just instinct” — have you seen videos of crows problem-solving? One on FB the other day showed a crow dropping pebbles into a water bottle to raise the level enough his beak could reach. I’m not sure any of my kids would’ve figured that one out. 🙂
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Growing up around firemen and police, I saw a lot. So many big and small moments. But one story I was told, shows me true courage. My dad was at a fire as a supervisor… a fellow firefighter was trapped by debris… my dad ran in without all of his equipment… got the other man out… my dad had some severe burns, but it turned out alright… and he walked away with a friend for life!
My kids saved a very old snapping turtle once. He was large heading to a road. They put him in child’s grocery cart but he kept trying to get their fingers. They got an oven mitt and somehow kept going until he was out of harm’s way.
Delilah. I have a true story for you. A baby blue bird fell out of the tree right beside the house and his little leg was broke. I called Missouri conservation and they said just let nature take it’s course.. Me being a person that feeds the wildlife, it didn’t happen. I had a heck of a time trying getting help to keep BLUE alive instead of killing him. I was trying to feed him worms, not working but finally They got back with me and told me what to do to save him. Hard boil egg Mulberry’s mashed with water. He wasn’t happy when I was working on his leg/foot but it had to be done. He flutter around the house and taken a liking to my grandson and mad if he couldn’t go to town with us. When his leg started healing and walking on it. I started taking him outside. He/She is a BLUE JAY. It’s time to learn to fly. We would go outside and would listen for long times with the sun and wind blowing. So I sat blue on a log walked away and hollered for him and he screeched at me to come and get him. He was very angry. I kept hollering for him and he was worked up I went and got him he was mad at me and pecked me for it lol. But the next day again we started again. While we were in the house he played on the couch with my grandson and they fought over the toys. And After all the moving stuff around I can only find three of the pictures( 1. where he fell out of the tree with the bad foot)(2, grandson( Kile with Blue,) and my (17 year old 3 (Cricket) ( Blue with Cricket and a baby Blue.
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Sorry eventeually Blue did learn to fly and every time I see a Blue Jay eating at the bird feeders I hope it’s my BLUE.
I loved your stories! Denise! I rescued a featherless baby sparow and mashed up crickets to feed it when I was a kid.
Denise is the winner! Send me the title you’d like to have to firstname.lastname@example.org!