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In Search of Cranes

Updated on June 17, 2011

The Crane Boss... The Crane

The bird flew over my car as I drove to work one day. What the hell is that thing I thought to myself. It looked like a small teradactyl. I watched as it flew. The lazy flap of the wings on the bird gently propelled it forward. It's long legs trailed behind it as it flew. The arch of it's wings looked liked the letter M in the air. As the day wore on I remember, it was a good day. Good days were hard to come by a few years ago. Life seemed to be dealing me setbacks time and again. I thought when I was younger that life would get easier as I got older. Now I know that is not the case at all. As I get older I realize that life presents challenges that are constantly changing and I learn to deal with each of them.

A couple of weeks later I was driving to work in the morning. There was that strange looking bird again. Soaring so slowly as it cruised through the sky. It's wings hardly moving as it slowly flew over my car. It was the same exact spot I saw the last strange bird I thought to myself. As the day went on I realized that once again I was enjoying a really great day.

I was going through a divorce at the time. I didn't want a divorce. I was thinking about the kids and what I went through as a child dealing with divorce. I wanted my kids to have the family that I wished for when I was a young boy. A Mom and Dad who lived together and raised their children. Divorce brought so much uncertainty. What will happen to the house we worked so hard to make into a home for our kids? Will divorce change the boys behavior? I read many articles and books and most of them referred to divorce as a pivotal point in childrens lives.

Another commute to work and again I see the strange bird. What the hell is that thing. This time there were two of the large creatures slowly soaring overhead. Again I realized, as the day wore on, I was experiencing another wonderful day. Could it be something about seeing these birds? What are these birds anyway. I started looking at pictures on Google Images. "Large birds in flight" is what I typed in on the Google Images search panel. There it was. A Sandhill Crane. That's the bird I am seeing. That night as I drove home I looked in the same spot. No bird tonight.

One beautiful sunny morning I picked up a friend who needed a ride to work. As we drove I see the huge bird again. Soaring on the horizon above the highway. I point to the bird and said to my friend "Every time I see one of those birds I have a great day". He looked at me like I was crazy. "You watch" I told him. See if it works for you too. Lunchtime comes and I get an email. "You're right. Today is already a great day". His email brought a smile to my face. I started wondering is there something about a Crane that can bring good luck? I went to Google. What I found really brightened my day. According to Chinese folklore the Crane is a bird that brings souls from Earth to Heaven. I had lost a brother a few years ago. My family as I knew it had been broken apart. I was fighting to stay employed but each day I saw a crane I was experiencing these really wonderful days. I started looking for Cranes as I drove. I had never noticed these large birds before but now I was seeing them almost every week. Each sighting brought another great day. Some days there would be a single Crane. Some days multiple Cranes.

The economy tanked. I lost that job. Still have my friend from that job though. I did have a new job. The new job required me to drive past the same spot I would see the Cranes. I remember one day the Boston Bruins were going to play the Montreal Canadiens in game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins were going for a rare sweep against the hated Canadiens. One of my old work associates was a Canadiens fan. As I drove to work that morning I saw four Cranes slowly soaring over the highway. "Definite sign". I said it outloud even though I was alone. I sent my friend an email. "4 Cranes means the Canadiens don't stand a chance tonight". Sure enough the Bruins won that night and swept the Canadiens.

The hard times continue in this down economy. Out of work again now for the 5th time in 3 years. Each day I look for the Cranes. There are stretches when I don't see one for months. I still search though. I could really use a Crane day tomorrow.


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    • Thomas Chopelas profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Chopelas 

      7 years ago from Salem, New Hampshire

      Thank you for the comment RedElf and it is nice to know that someone else has their day brightened at the site of a Crane as it flies above.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      I love watching the Sandhill Cranes - they stop over on the islands in the Peace River near here, and fly over our town in the Fall (heading south) and in the Spring (coming back home). Marvelous to watch them, and they always brighten my days, too. Happy Crane spotting!

    • Thomas Chopelas profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Chopelas 

      7 years ago from Salem, New Hampshire

      Thank you so much Singlmom. I do believe that today will be a multi crane day.

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      7 years ago

      It's the little signs in life, when we recognize them, that keep us going. Those signs let us know that there is something bigger than us saying, 'don't fret, just know that I am here and watching over you.' The signs give us something to believe in and we all need that no matter how goo d or bad things are. Beautiful story and it shows that you do stop and smell the roses, so to speak. You are not so caught up in lifes trials that you do not notice the littles things that are beautiful. thanks for sharing. Have a multi Crane Day!!!Blessings!!


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