What do Hawks and Medicare have in common?

Hubby will be turning 65 tomorrow. He said; “Come on lets go for a walk I want to show you something” .  He rarely asks me to join him, thinking it odd and a “sign” grabbed my camera and off we went.

During our stroll with the pups he shared his thoughts about life, hitting medicare age and again found myself tearing up.  Not sure what he wanted to show me “out there” however he did show me his heart his fears and frustration.

Looking up I spied this little raptor and snapped some shots. Just a fur ball swaying on a power line from afar. So excited to see one out on our walk as oddly no animals in sight!

She was a cutie alright, maybe a female Kestrel won’t be sure till we get home and “upload”.  Knew a message was being filtered through us as this little bird was the only bit of nature we initially spied on this breezy day, this day of remembrance. Hubby went on to share;

“Honey we use to have this huge Cotton Wood tree and it had a hole in it and every year, what you called Kestrels we called “Sparrow Hawks”, well they looked just like that one and they would nest in it, they would teach their chicks how to fly”

His eyes were twinkling as he was recalling these moments.

“When the chicks were ready to fly these parents would  grab them in their talons and drop them from the tippity top of that tree. They would at first sloppily hover into the pasture below”

From his account, this scenario continued until they could fly on their own.  Wow what amazing parents raptors are.  Came across an interesting read by Starstuffs called Dictionary of Birds 

Riveting what they said about sighting a Kestrel;

  • Kestrel teaches speed and action of thoughts must be done with a balance mind and heart along with patience to act at the opportune time.  A hovering Kestrel teaches when to strike so be patient in waiting. Meditate on the wind to uplift you. She teaches great depth perception in spiritual and relationship matters. Listen to what is not being said. The home front may need attention; relationships, remodeling, repair even moving to another location. Kestrels are extremely sensitive to light and will aid in seeing what is normally hidden. She aids in seeking out truths with clarity by illuminating the path.

redHe couldn’t believe how time was flying, his frustration with “lack of funds” how he missed his children and grand kids and it was then a breeze took our breath away. It truly was a gorgeous day, held his hand, kissed his cheek and thought “Just look how prosperous we are” yet we forget, we forget these moments and this is when one ages.  Nope we weren’t aging today . . .

The sky so blue, mango trees in full bloom, the sign of fruit yet to come

Then I heard the cooing of the dove and she was looking right at us

I read;

  • Messenger of Peace, love, joy and gentleness, prophecy of good things, maternity instincts, awakening to promise of future with clarity. Dove shows us how to walk between the physical and spiritual world. She aids in tapping our creative energies and stirring the emotions. It is time for creativity and expressing oneself. Are you listening to the messages at this time? Doves bring hope of a new beginning and will show there is peace arriving. Pigeon shows how to bring peace, love and understanding to situations and teaches us the art of communication and cooperation. Are you compassionate toward others? Perhaps it is a time for forgiveness? It is a time to express appreciation and gratitude of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and parents for family brings us unconditional sense of belonging. Dove teaches many lessons of home: love, security, fertility and family.

and I exhale . . .

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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