Tuesday June 15th 2010, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

I saw our resident Cooper’s hawk yesterday; it was chasing something towards these flowers.

Several of us were watching the SCPBRG screen together tonight, when, for the first time in awhile, Clara showed up to take her sentry position on the ledge! I’d been missing that the last couple weeks.

I said to the others, She used to hop down from there in the night, once, and go into the nestbox. She would pace in there as if missing their babyhoods. (I didn’t add, but was thinking, and she would also often snuggle down in the far left corner for just a moment.)

Right after I said that, she did exactly those things. For no more than a minute.  Then she flew lightly back up to her sentry position. (Let’s see, the kids have moved out, let’s measure that opening for curtains and put in new furniture, put the old up for a swap on Gravelry…)

But again, only for a moment. Hmm. She walked to the edge of the ledge, looked over, checked on her two fledglings on the louver down there, then walked back to her usual spot, which is, I think, just out of their sight–to avoid, I’ve been told, peregrine cries of Hey, Mom, we want a midnight snack!

They seemed to be doing okay more and more on their own and she had been keeping her distance of late. But for whatever reason, tonight, either they or she just needed that extra sense of presence: Mom’s here.  All’s well.

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So, will your next book be a parenting self-help one, co-authored by Clara?

Comment by Channon 06.16.10 @ 6:49 am

I so recognize that feeling — especially now that I’m thinking not only about my daughter but her baby too — I think it’s as much about mom’s need as the kids needing to be checked on

Comment by Bev 06.16.10 @ 7:17 am

I laughed out loud at the image of her measuring for curtains!

Comment by Momo Fali 06.16.10 @ 7:38 am

Yep, that “Mom Stuff” is instinctual! I have not commented much, but I have been continually enjoying every blog post! 🙂

Comment by Pam 06.16.10 @ 8:28 am

Is that what’s meant by ’empty nesters’? Sounds like Clara has the right idea — letting the kids grow up on their own.

Humor –

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Comment by Don Meyer 06.16.10 @ 9:21 am

Lovely post. So true – all is right in the world when you can see that your kids are okay. 🙂 g

Comment by gMarie 06.16.10 @ 10:16 am

What power to reassure someone just by one’s presence. Such a nice image to carry into my evening. (and way better than that wooly mammoth story which is still making me groan!)

Comment by twinsetellen 06.16.10 @ 4:38 pm

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