LIFE LESSONS FROM A MAMA BIRD AND HER HATCHLINGS

     Since I was a little girl, I have found a haven in Mother Nature.  Climbing trees was a common activity for my tom boy ways and if you could not find me in my child hood house then I was probably reading a book in the tree next to my bedroom window.  If life got really challenging, you might even find me on the roof.       So, when a mama robin decided to hatch herself some baby robinlets next to my backyard porch, I was not a happy camper.  She was infringing herself on my peace and my happy work/rest/play area.  Not to mention upsetting the apple cart when she picked our very large, very expensive pink Martha Washington geraniums hanging plant to do it in.

  I didn’t have the nerve nor the stomach to remove the nest with the three beautiful sky blue eggs from the planter.  So, we continued watering the plant and watching the “robin” family develop.

  One day, my youngest daughter, Rebecca, was standing at the back door and said, “Oh, yuk, the mother robin is throwing something up into the baby’s mouth!”  Even though Becca was horrified, she stared fascinated at this process of “feeding”.

 Got me thinking too, what am I feeding my daughters?

Not so much the physical food, which I must confess, is not always the healthiest choices when I don’t feel like cooking a home cooked meal, but the emotional/spiritual kind of food. 

In Ephesians chapter 4 the bible says,  “29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It’s a fearsome thing to have the responsibility of feeding our children the truth, even when we don’t quite feel “up” to the proper responses, but in the long run, we will profit the joy of seeing kids who grow up knowing that they are cherished and they are loved.