Peeking into the Nest

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As spring crawls slowly up the Northwest coast, and a crocus, like a purple hand, pushes soft fingers through the ground, as well as the cherry trees wink pink blossoms at passersby, I make my way in a couple of days to check in on one of the birds that have flown from my own nest. I go to visit my son. He has flown with fairly agile wings south to live in San Francisco, find work, live with roommates, and look for his life. I’ve heard good reports chirped my way so far.

Though my nest is now empty, I look forward to taking to the air to sit in my son’s nest for awhile, not to hover, or look too closely at the fibers and feathers he’s used to create his own domicile. I hope to quell my eagle eyes, and choose a softer view. Look gently, and realize that fledglings are in the process of wing-spreading, not yet in perfect form. I’m also looking forward to stretching my own wings out a bit. Perhaps not arriving as mother bird, but loving mentor, proud coach, guest. This will be a challenge. We invest so much in our offspring, those we look after so carefully for so long. But the song that keeps singing in my ear this season of my life is a phrase by Ram Dass, so simple: “Be here now”.

Maybe that’s the key to every life situation, every change, every sameness, “Be here now”. And so perhaps learn with this, as spring approaches, how to make this newness, this change, this nest-visiting moment a “be here” moment, in all its messy beautiful feather-filled ways.

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3 thoughts on “Peeking into the Nest

  1. I love the “Be here now”! I’m taking that one to heart myself for myself:). And, I just heard that most songbirds don’t sing during the winter, so maybe an opportunity here for both of you to break out your songs again and join in a new/renewed call and response on this “feels-like-spring” trip … Enjoy!!!

  2. How lovely, Gina. I think you’ve penned the experience of the new empty nester well. I enjoy getting to know my children as friends now, supporting their decisions or lending a bit of experience’s wisdom when asked. Asked, the key word; it’s their turn to find their life rhythm and to be given a counsel seat is a privilege not a right.

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