When I need it
Thursday March 29th 2012, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Life,Wildlife

An older friend who doesn’t drive anymore needed a lift. As we drove the main road coming home, I was keeping an eye out: I’d seen one around there several times before, and then–Ooooh, look! as I grabbed my eyes back to the road, hoping she would see what I meant before we passed it. It was sitting on the telephone wire, being anything but their usual stealthy.

“That’s *beautiful*!” she exclaimed, her head turning to follow it as the car continued on.

“That’s a Cooper’s hawk,” and I wondered if it was one that might have fledged from our nest two miles away. I was so delighted that she was as thrilled as I was; thank you, Gail.

Dropped her off, came home to my own quiet house, had a hard time getting myself to relax and sit down and accomplish some knitting. There’s a lot going on. Cancer surgery for the wife of someone we know, Richard covering some of their job at work just like they did for him when I was sick, and cancer treatment outcome tests this week for a relative of ours.

Our daughter Sam is doing better and for that, and for all those who have reached out to help her in any way, we are infinitely grateful.

I sat down at the computer.

It’s nesting season. He always seems to be more sociable during nesting season, and so, with a feeling of someone’s eyes, I looked up to see my male Cooper’s standing on the box just the other side of the window, looking in at me. People watching. Beautiful, beautiful, big bird, and I birdwatched back at him. He opened his beak and spoke in hawk talk that I wished I could understand, and then, having said hello, flew.

Maybe an hour and a half later, there he was again. Right there. Getting my attention and posing for the camera I wished I had in my hands. Looking at the look of wonder in my face.

And he came back again! But that time I didn’t see him behind me till I laughed at a Frazz comic, I think the one where one of the elementary kids asks why the Thanksgiving people dressed like color blind leprechauns?

And with that, a swoop of the wings and there he was, on his way by. His work here was done for today.

I can cope with anything now. And I went off to Purlescence, where, surrounded by good friends, I knitted towards making someone happy.

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What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing it. I wonder… was he waiting for that laugh from you?

Comment by Channon 03.30.12 @ 6:54 am

so amazing — its amazing how much we miss when we don’t look up! great that you got to share the hawk with someone

Comment by Bev 03.30.12 @ 8:04 am

It truly seems like you have a connection to those birds. How wonderful it is, to read your captured images. Thanks! And we too are grateful for health concerns easing up on a few relatives and friends. Happy Friday!

Comment by DebbieR 03.30.12 @ 11:00 am

Thank you! What a wonderful story to start the weekend.

Comment by melanie 03.30.12 @ 4:50 pm

You sure know how to pay attention the the lovely details of your life! Thank you for sharing them with us! 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 03.30.12 @ 7:32 pm

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