On Wednesday, I went for a walk with a friend who, during COVID, became slightly estranged due to a misunderstanding. We’ve been close friends for years now, the kind of friend you really talk to. She is kind, smart, humble, and interesting. We have always had mutual love and admiration for each other, so this problem pained us both.
I was nervous to reconnect with her. We hadn’t spoken in several weeks, and I wasn’t sure how the discussion would go. I still had some hurt—she surely did too. She thought I was mad and judging her; I thought she didn’t reach out to me because she was angry.
As we entered the trail, two large hawks swooped down, talons intertwined. They screeched and dropped right in front of us, curving up just before hitting the ground. The underside of their wings flashed brown and white. “Did you see that?” I said. “Those two hawks were fighting!”
We stopped and spotted one of them sitting high above us, alone on a branch. My friend stood, face skyward, and said, “Were they fighting or mating?” I paused. I’d assumed they were angry, but perhaps they weren’t. We started walking and talking, and for five miles, we slowly reconnected.
As I sat down to write this, two hummingbirds outside of my bedroom window completed this exact same dance. They twirled around each other, falling fast before lifting again. This time, I didn’t assume they were angry with each other. Rather, I imagined that they were doing that difficult task of creating something new, a deeper connection, a new beginning.
March 19, 2021
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Wow, you and birds. Lovely, lovely.
Stellar jays have been entering my life, mostly because you invited me to start paying attention, so I decided to put up a stellar jay feeder. Filled it up with peanuts, and waited. And waited. And waited. Today I was working in that corner of the yard for the first time in 6 months, and my first two stellar jays flew by and each grabbed a peanut. I guess they were waiting for me to be around to notice they noticed me. I better stay tuned. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this. Were you able to smooth the rough spots?
I read with great anticipation the first posting by “Real Magic” and I was thrilled. It was a timely little lesson about friendship connections, the importance of long walks, and ruminating about nature. TY