If Birds Can Do It, Why Can't We?

By
Title Insurance with Family Abstract, Inc.
Where we live, on the Eastern shore of Maryland, the gentle waters run in and out like fingers slimming at the tips. They curl into the smaller creeks and coves like tender palms. The Canada geese know this place, as do the white swans and the ducks who ride an inch above the waves of Chesapeake Bay as they skim their way into harbor. In the autumn, by the thousands, they come home for the winter.
 
The swans ... move toward the shores in a stately glide, their tall heads proud and unafraid. They lower their long necks deep into the water, where their strong beaks dig through the river bottoms for food. And there is, between the arrogant swans and the prolific geese, an indifference, almost a disdain.
 
Once or twice each year, snow and sleet move into the area. When this happens, if the river is at its narrowest, or the creek shallow, there is a freeze which hardens the water to ice. It was on such a morning near Oxford, Maryland, that a friend of mine set the breakfast table beside the huge window, which overlooked the Trent Avon River. Across the river, beyond the dock, the snow laced the rim of the shore in white.
 
For a moment she stood quietly, looking at what the night's storm had painted. Suddenly she leaned forward and peered close to the frosted window. "It really is," she cried out loud, "there is a goose out there." She reached to the bookcase and pulled out a pair of binoculars. Into their sights came the figure of a large Canada goose, very still, its wings folded tight to its sides, its feet frozen to the ice. Then from the dark skies, she saw a line of swans.swans They moved in their own singular formation, graceful, intrepid, and free. They crossed from the west of the broad creek high above the house, moving steadily to the east. As my friend watched, the leader swung to the right, then the white string of birds became a white circle. It floated from the top of the sky downward.
 
At last, as easy as feathers coming to earth, the circle landed on the ice. My friend was on her feet now, with one unbelieving hand against her mouth. As the swans surrounded the frozen goose, she feared what life he still had might be pecked out by those great swan bills. Instead, amazingly instead, those bills began to work on the ice. The long necks were lifted and curved down, again and again. It went on for a long time. At last, the goose was rimmed by a narrow margin of ice instead of the entire creek.
 
The swans rose again, following the leader, and hovered in that circle, awaiting the results of their labors. The goose's head lifted. Its body pulled. Then the goose was free and standing on the ice. He was moving his big webbed feet slowly. And the swans stood in the air watching.
 
Then, as if he had cried, "I cannot fly," four of the swans came down around him. Their powerful beaks scraped the goose's wings from top to bottom, scuttled under its wings and rode up its body, chipping off and melting the ice held in the feathers. Slowly, as if testing, the goose spread its wings as far as they would go, brought them together, accordion-like, and spread again. When at last the wings reached their fullest, the four swans took off and joined the hovering group.
 
They resumed their eastward journey, in perfect formation, to their secret destination. goose flyBehind them, rising with incredible speed and joy, the goose moved into the sky. He followed them, flapping double time, until he caught up, until he joined the last end of the line, like a small child at the end of a crack-the-whip of older boys.
 
My friend watched them until they disappeared over the tips of the farthest trees. Only then, in the dusk, which was suddenly deep, did she realize that tears were running down her cheeks and had been - for how long she didn't know.

This is a true story. It happened. I do not try to interpret it. I just think of it in the bad moments, and from it comes only one hopeful question: "If birds can help one another, why not for man?
 
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~ The Author is Charlotte Edwards from her website which is called "Tender Moments" ~ ============================================================================
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Comments (11)

William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Glenn...this is a great question.  I don't think greed is so prevalent in the Animal Kingdom

Mar 11, 2013 02:18 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Bill, do you think Greed exists AT ALL in the Animal kingdom, excepting thereout and there from MAN!

Mar 11, 2013 02:48 AM
Berni Kerr
Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc. - Port Dover, ON
AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON

Glenn,  GREAT STORY!  These birds are smart, intuitive, and survivors.  I guess that's where we get our inspiration for in the saying...."On a Wing and A Prayer"!  Thanks for sharing today. :)

Mar 11, 2013 02:51 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Your welcome Berni, I never thought of that, your probably right!  where we get our inspiration for in the saying...."On a Wing and A Prayer"! 

Mar 11, 2013 02:56 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Glenn - thank you for an inspirational story of such concern for another, who isn't the same.

Mar 11, 2013 04:09 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Once again, you prove yourself as a kind and gentle soul.  Great inspirational story Glenn.

Mar 11, 2013 04:36 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Steven, Like George Bush, it's my "kinder, gentler side"

Mar 11, 2013 04:59 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Roger, you just never know what you'll get here, huh?

Mar 11, 2013 04:59 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Exactly..........kind of like with my blog Glenn, but always a pleasure.

Mar 11, 2013 05:03 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

WOW...what an awesome story. I have tears from reading it. First I'm an animal lover and this touches me for that reason, but I know the real reason for your blog, and it's sad that we, as a human race, don't do more for each other.

Mar 11, 2013 11:55 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Debbie, I can't keep yours eyes dry, If I write a joke your laughing and tears are coming out of your eyes and the inspirational stuff, makes you cry tears of joy?  Maybe your eyes just have a leak?

Mar 12, 2013 12:09 AM