Mother’s Day Has Gone To The Birds!
By: Jodie Lynn
"Rat-tat-tat," there it goes again. What could it be? Like me, my dog thinks someone is knocking on the door. I open the door only to find there is no one there. I stand wondering if the wind is hitting my wreath. I close the door and begin to concentrate on the tasks at hand. A few minutes pass and, "Rat-tat-tat," there it goes again. What's going on? I open the door look around but no one there. I study the wreath, turn it over, swing it back and forth, and nothing, there's no sound. I shrug and go inside.
While the kids are calmly working out the dilemma of who cleaned the basement last (yeah -right!). I'm going to stay by the window and hide behind the curtain to catch the culprit or neighborhood trickster. Just as I was thinking I might be losing my mind, I saw her! She ran up to the door and quickly left. Hey, I remember her. I went through this episode almost at the very same time last year. Although there were no words spoken between us, the glares we had given each other clearly showed how we felt. How dare she come back again this year. She was up to her same old tricks!
I had given her twigs off the trees, just as she had specified, and even put out strips of cloth on the branches. Nevertheless, she had made up her mind; she wanted my new spring wreath - again. I had just finished making it for Spring and hung it out on the door when she began to make trouble. We went through daily confrontations. I would leave in the mornings and come home at the end of the day to find a huge mess at the front door. I would clear it all off and it would be back the very next day. It astonished me. Finally, after taking down the nest six or so times, she did not come around anymore.
I was surprised at how bad I felt. I started wondering where she had gone or if her time had finally run out. The kids ran up the stairs claiming both would not pick up the other's mess and began the common practice of "let's see who can out-stare the other" when we all heard the, "Rat-tat-tat," and ran to the door.
"There's no one there," said the youngest. I told them it was only Robin. "Who is Robin?" - they chimed together. She's a very persistent and headstrong loving mother bird who insists upon building her nest for her babies in my wreath -- again. "Why?" - they asked. "I guess because she's searched around and feels like this is the best and most worth while place."
I clued them in on last year's experience. They both looked perplexed and said, "Did you find a special place to have us...your babies?" (Talk about a guilt trip -- for a bird, no less.) I explained that when moms are ready to have their baby, there are several choices, just like Mother Bird, as they now so affectionately called her.
But, now that I think of it, the kids are right. We do look at our options in life and decide on the best one for our specific situation...so, in essence, we had a similar goal.
How odd that sounds. As a mom, I have a goal to provide a safe, healthy and loving environment for my family and so did Mother Bird.
I quickly ran to the garage, got the old wreath out of a bag, and while putting it in place I suddenly felt much better in knowing that I was contributing to a very worthy cause by providing a home for a new family. It might not be as pretty as the new wreath but from one mom to another, families come first and that includes baby birds. Besides, I have summer to look forward to in hanging back up the new one.
Now, wait a minute, what about field mice, can they climb up a door...?
Happy Mother's Day!
© 2005 Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Parent to Parent is now going into its tenth year and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to many sites including eDiets.com and is the Mom to Mom Expert for BabyCenter.com and has a regular family segment on four radio programs, one of which is syndicated to over 20 stations. She has written two books and contributed to two others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest best-selling parenting/family book is Mommy CEO, revised edition. Preorder Lynn's new book, Mom CEO: Avoiding the Distressed Housewife Syndrome and Winning at Motherhood.