All creatures great and small…

I remember being fascinated with birds and their ability to fly when I was a child. I so wanted to join them in the air. It looked like such fun to be able to maneuver through the trees, soaring higher and higher. After numerous experiments building my own ‘wings’ I realized it was futile and gave up. However, I still do think about being able to fly, but have decided it would probably not be safe for me to attempt hang gliding, sky diving or parachuting. I think Heaven might allow for such experiences….

As one of six children you can imagine there was always some sort of activity or goings on in my family. We didn’t really have many animals at first. I can remember our first dog, Joe. He was an English Pointer that lived in the backyard of our home. He and my father would go out on the weekends and hunt pheasant. I didn’t realize how attached I had become to Joe until the day I came home from school and he was gone. My older sister told me he had been ‘put to sleep’. I had no idea what that meant. When she told me I locked myself in my bedroom for two days, sobbing as I grieved for this ‘friend’ that had always been there to listen and play. I think this was my first dose of reality- the fact that none of us will live forever…. at least not on this Earth as we know it. It was shocking, nonetheless.

The first bird that I actually came close to touching was that of my grandmother’s. She had a parakeet that she adored. I do not remember anything about this bird except that I was fascinated with it. I so wanted to have one, but that would not happen for quite some time.

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  • JoAnn Bell  On April 27, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Hey, Sue, Just getting started reading your blog and I love it! Keep going.


  • Jenna  On August 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Hi sue could you please contact me regarding my African grey parrot Riley


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