Wednesday, February 4, 2009
One very cold winter day I was sitting in my office working on the computer and I heard a loud thump on the window facing the front of the house. I went outside to investigate. I walked along the front of the house behind the shrubbery and lying on the ground beside the window was a small bird convulsing. I immediately picked up the bird; he was already cold from shock. I cupped the bird in my hands to try and keep him warm. The birds eyes were glazed over and one of his legs was dangling. I kept him warm in my hands for a while and he seemed better. So I thought I'd put the bird in one of the shrubs to recover. I set the bird on a branch and went inside for my camera. I came back outside and the bird was still on the branch but barely able to hang on. Even with me standing close, the bird made no effort to fly away.
It was so cold I thought for sure he would just stay there in shock and die. So I again picked up the bird and brought him inside while I tried to think what to do. The poor little bird made no movement at all, just a blank stare. I decided to get a big fluffy towel and wrap it around the bird. Meanwhile I was blowing my warm breath on the bird trying to warm him up as much as I could. After a half an hour or so the birds body was warmer and he seemed a bit brighter, but still made no attempt to get away. I wrapped the bird in the towel leaving a small opening for his head and propped the towel in one of the shrubs out front. I left the bird there for a while. When I came back the bird was still inside the towel, but he was alive. I came back about half an hour later and peered inside the towel and the bird was gone.
This little bird symbolizes hope to me. How a moment in life can change my day, change how I feel, change how I see life. After I typed this post I was trying to think of a title and thought A Moment would be a good title. For some reason I decided to do a search of a moment and came up with the video above of A Moment by Phil Hansen.