(photo by Karen Hauck)
The birds have been especially communicative the last two weeks. First off, there was the mother duck who found a perfect nesting place inside a large storage container on my friend's dock. Our friends, snowbirds themselves, had returned to cooler temperatures for the summer, leaving us free access to the lake. A week before Mother's Day while visiting their pier, we noticed the chain had slipped from around the storage bin. Someone had broken in. To our surprise, the intruder had laid a half dozen eggs, so we let it be. Where was she?
On our next visit, the mama duck was dutifully sitting on her creativity. Wanting to honor her privacy, I didn't take a picture, but we did enjoy our lunch quietly sitting on the dock, enjoying the view. All of a sudden, a sandhill crane underneath the dock, let out a raucous whooping call that caused the hair on my neck to raise. Elliot and I must have been a funny sight as we hightailed it down the planking, thinking Mama Duck was on a rampage, protecting her territory. Anyway, lunch time was over and we were well on our way.
Ducks are symbolic of emotional comfort and protection: No matter what's going on, try letting it roll off like water on a duck's back."Ducks can sometimes remind us to return to those parts of ourself or those activities that we feel safe and comfortable in as well." (Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews).
As for the crane, it's message is longevity and creation through focus. "The crane can teach you how to celebrate your creative resources and keep them alive, regardless of the conditions in which they are manifest, both by simply having the proper focus in life."
Enjoy your day with the angels and remember to thank them for watching over you and your creativity.
P.S. Hopefully I'll get a picture of the little duckling family soon.