I turn to the birds.

Flying lightly through life

In lieu of family, all of whom having been killed off by that most sadistic of life writers, Almighty Whatever, and in lieu of friends, who have been written out of the script by that fickle collaborator, River of Time, I have found new family and friends in the neighborhood birds.

For any Brits reading this I do not refer to young women of the comely variety, but to the actual offspring of Mother Nature, bona fide birds, the real McCoy.

In the backyard, outside the kitchen window, I have created a holy place for birds by placing seven small stones in a circle — seven representing completeness, wholeness, perfection — about three feet in diameter, in the center of which I scatter bird seed of a most beneficial variety.

The birds come flying in, if not from Chicago and L.A., then certainly from the branches of the many tall trees that surround my lowly bungalow.

I look out the window as I make my morning coffee and watch their comings and goings. Birds of many kinds and wonderful colors, with individual personalities. Blue jays are bullies, morning doves affable, grackles cheeky. They all travel light, no baggage, my kind of flyers.

In all my trips flying to Australia over the years, crossing that dark ocean two dozen times, usually going for a month or longer, I never took anything more than a carry-on.

I traveled light, like the birds that fly into my backyard these many years later, me an old man now, not the cavalier fellow flying Down Under, putting the make on pretty women sitting near me in the 747, sweet romance under a Qantas blanket at 30,000 feet, all behind me now as I hear the kettle boiling and make my coffee and watch the birds in a solitary place of completeness.

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3 thoughts on “Flying lightly through life

  1. For most of my city life, birds were just there and I really paid them no attention. Today, during my daily morning old-man walks, I have become to value and enjoy the variety of birds and animals I see along the way. Perhaps its simply a natural process of aging to value and find interest in life of any kind when one’s own life is closer to the end than to the beginning.

    Still, there are times, when just before dawn, the birds in that big old Maple in front of my bedroom window start their noisy squawking, singing and chattering — that I wish I still had my gun! Lol!

  2. That’s about the size of it El Corko — the older we get the more we appreciate the ‘natural’ world that we didn’t have the time or the inclination to notice when we were younger. I’m glad you don’t have your gun anymore. I have a gun and I would never shoot a bird — or any animal for that matter. The gun is for human animals who try to fck with me or mine.

  3. Of that, I have no doubt my friend. Just your Wild Bill photo cradling your rifle alone is enough to scare me straight! Later Partner!