I have been lucky to have a sweet family live outside my sliding glass door for the past several weeks.
I have watched their personal journey and felt at times like a giant gawker.
I considered having a huge goodbye party like Oprah, but, well, didn’t want to detract any attention from her. After all, she had her show for 25 years, the Robirdsons haven’t been around quite that long.
When opening the squeaky screen door, one of the babies, who was considering leaving the nest, jumped ship so we were down to 3.
Then, just a day or two later, I could see that baby #2 was stretching his legs, trying to gather the nerve to make that big leap.
Then there were two.
While at work, the other 2 left. I came home to this:
We humans can become so self-absorbed that we, at times, forget about the other creatures we share this earth with. The Robirdsons are a family, different from ours yet the same. It truly makes me wonder if they are they more like us than we will ever know. After all, in the matter of a little over a month, the Robirdsons have had a family, cared for it, raised it and sent them on their way. It takes humans 20 years (more or less) to do the same thing.
I literally stare at my empty nest hanging outside my window and feel that bitter-sweet set of emotions. I miss seeing the little ones snuggling together all sweet and adorable and yet I know that this is what nature intends for every living thing.
Goodbye Robirdsons, thank you for sharing your precious family with me. Sorry if the goofy lady with the camera freaked you out at times but you reminded me that this world is full of wonders both big and small and they exist right in front of our eyes if we take the time to see them.
Thank you for that.