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1pano

“Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it.”
― Anthony de Mello

The beautiful rose has come to the end of its rose life and so I decided to try and re-enact the ‘Flower and the Paw’ scenario that I achieved a few years ago with our beautiful dog Star.

SONY DSCThis time last year, almost exactly, I tried re-enacting the above with Buddy and Star was even around back then to show him the ropes but he didn’t get it. Instead he tried first eating the Daffodil, then stomping on it..

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SONY DSCSo now that he’s a little bit older, wiser and more mature… (okay not quite!) I thought the rose would be the perfect opportunity, and he actually complied a little bit but I think that’s because I woke him up and made him go outside and he didn’t really have any idea what was happening…

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1pano

“Life is more fragile and precious than I can comprehend, but believe me, I’m trying.”
― John O’Callaghan

You see it all the time. At least, you do here. Death. It lies in the roads, on the edges of motorways, in the gutters…Whilst it seems so very small and unimportant – it’s still a stark acknowledgement of the absence of life. Birds, squirrels, foxes, badgers….deer…roadkill.

So why was I shocked to see the delicateness of a tiny Swallow Bird with a broken wing? Why did I actually feel just a tiny little bit helpless at this thing that was beyond my control. When my parents brought it home in a cardboard box, I did take pictures…yes… but at the same time, I felt so very sorry. And it was really ‘just a bird.’

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For some of the time, whilst I watched, its eyes closed and it didn’t quite want to open them again. It was giving up. For a broken wing it was giving up on life. Then I realised quite how important that small part was for survival, for existence and for fight (and flight). Would you also give up, if that one thing that kept you going, was no longer useable?

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My sister took the Swallow to the local Vet who were hopeful they could do something to help the broken wing. Swallows are a beautiful bird, their numbers have decreased considerably over the years. As I learned from my Father today, they don’t much like to perch on things – so he created a makeshift temporary home with a cardboard box that had a garden cane pushed through it – perfect Swallow perching homeliness.

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