Spring is coming. It’s just around the corner. As soon as I utter that old cliche’, tomorrow we’ll all probably get snowed thirty feet under. But I am remaining hopeful about the coming spring. The tulips and daffodils are poking their green heads out of the earth and birds are building nests.
Unfortunately the owner of this particular dwelling will have to rebuild. I stole this bird’s nest from a tree out at “our place” for two reasons. 1) I found it fascinating and wanted to show somebody, and 2) I could reach it.
In my nearly 36 years, I’ve never studied a bird’s nest, and in my shallow storybook mind, I thought they were only made from twigs and sticks. But just look at this. (I only wish my photography skills would enable you to see this better, but I take pictures almost as good as I write my name in the snow, if you know what I mean.)
This bird has a heaping helpin’ hodgepodge of nesting materials. Including but not limited to: carpet strands, cotton from a nearby field, weed stems, grass, and sticks.
At a closer study, you’ll see:
Seeds from a cotton plant,
A long strand of something plastic,
A possible wad of toilet paper, but optimistically, a paper towel,
Perhaps pieces from a Clorox wipe,
A hair from a horse’s mane or tail,
and a dadgum lollipop stick!
To think the places this bird flew to gather her supplies is beyond my understanding.
My first reaction to this bird’s nest was amazement and fascination. Even still, when I gaze upon on, I’m in awe. I want to share it with everyone I know, so I took it to my classroom, naturally thinking that my student’s would feel the same way as I, holding it and examining it with a child-like wonder and disbelief. Instead, to my utter disappointment, most of them were grossed out. Several “eeewwww’s” went up from the crowd, others wouldn’t hold it, and the ones that did squirted their hands with hand sanitizer afterwards. It caused me to pause and reflect, “What is this world coming to?” that the first reaction of 8 year old’s is repulsiveness instead of curiosity.
While being married to a man who sticks his arm inside a cow’s booty,
who organizes a birthday party contest for cow-chip throwing,
who lances bovine abscesses to drain bucketfuls of puss,
I can’t fathom being grossed out by a bird’s nest.
A sweet little bird who used her resourcefulness and hard work to build a nest in which to start her family.
Suddenly as I think of what I’ve done, thieving the home of one of God’s creatures for educational purposes, I feel like a wretch.
I’m going to put it back. I know she won’t accept it, after being touched by so many (germ-sanitized) human hands, but I’m going to put it back anyway.
I’ll be able to sleep better at night.