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A LESSON IN FAMILY VALUES...b. Malin

Updated on October 24, 2011
A Little Bird, with a Big Heart
A Little Bird, with a Big Heart

OR HOW WE LEARNED FROM A LITTLE SPARROW...

The other day, Lover Man announced it was time for him to buy new "walking" sneakers. We decided to drive over to the "Outlet stores", called "The Walk", located in Atlantic City. What a wonderful place to be on a Beautiful October day. We walked with the sun gently sending it's warm rays down, and our sweat jackets opened and feeling oh so good to be alive.

We arrived at the "Reebok" store and were helped and directed to the "walking sneaker" dept., where there were 2 rows. Now being a man, (God Bless him) he, within FIVE minutes, had chosen the pair he wanted. I would have taken MUCH longer, MUCH, MUCH, longer. Ok, so mission accomplished, walking sneakers paid for, we exited, found the car and deposited the package into the trunk.

Too Beautiful a day to go back home, we decided to take a walk. Up and down the blocks we went looking at all the Wonderful Outlet Stores, you name it, they are there...And I have to add, some really great buys. However, if it's one thing I have learned over the years, Lover Man HATES shopping...My Sons when they were "little", HATED to go shopping with me. No matter if it was for Food or (God forbid) clothing. Of course now that they are grown men, they always look stylish, so I guess they got over it...Or their Ladies shop for them.

So now after walking for a while, I spotted an "Auntie Anne's" Hot Pretzel shop...Oh too die for, they are that good. We looked at one another and decided we had to have one, which we would share...and not feel guilty. We went in, and chose a Garlic, lightly salted one. After paying the woman behind the counter she said, "those tables out front are ours, go sit and enjoy". And so we smiled, and said "Thank You", and found a clean table where you can people watch. I had brought along bottled water from home, so what more did we need on this Beautiful day.

Lover Man looked at me seriously and said, "How are you feeling"? "I'm fine", I sighed. There had been some "Family Problems" that still weren't resolved, and sadly, maybe, never would be. He being my Best Friend as well as my husband, was concerned for me. "Hey, it's too nice a day for me to feel unhappy" I said brightly...and he smiled and agreed as I split our "treat" down the middle.

Now we are eating it, when suddenly, from out of somewhere, comes this little Sparrow, who lands on the short stone wall that is less than a foot from our table. He cocks his head as he studies us. I said, "Want some"? I held out a small piece, gently placing it on the table. With that said, he now lands on the table, takes it, and flies away. We of course are amused and laugh together. Maybe a minute later he is back. He eyes Lover Man and watches as he takes a small piece and holds it out to him...No hesitation, as once again he flies onto the table and takes it from Lover Man's fingers...What a trusting little bird, I think to myself.

We finish our treat and figured our little friend is gone...when suddenly he appears once again, only this time, with three other birds. "Look honey, I cry out in delight, he's brought his Family over...he wants them to share in the treat". "But we have no more to give them" he sighs. "I'm sorry" I say as I look down at this little creature, who has put his truth and faith into us. He seems to understand as we stand up to leave. I am touched, that this little bird has displayed "Family Values"...Something that a lot of us are lacking...But still wish for.


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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi b. Malin!

      I've proposed a law making it illegal for man and wife to shop together. I think it might end divorce.

      Great Hub, especially the part about the bird!

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

      Good one Barb, most excellent w/ the birds reminding us all of~ "family values"!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      ou know what they say' A couple that shops together stays together.

      A lovely hub especially the bird story. Sweet of him to bring his faamily. I would have been sorely tempted to go and buy another one.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Will, you are so RIGHT...it's ok, for ME to shop with HIM...But the other way around, a Big NO...for a Happy Marriage. I'm glad you enjoyed that little Bird. Thanks.

      That little bird made our Day, Cheryl, and all the troubles just melted away.

      No, no, Rosemay, trust me...We Love each other dearly, but he is not a shopper. As for buying another Hot Pretzel, we thought about it, but realized other people must feed these little birds for he was so friendly and not afraid...and not too Fat to fly!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Those 3 other birds were not your lil sparrow's family, b. They were his posse and were waiting for the right moment to fly off with your handbag. Follow my motto:

      Don't trust a sparrow. He may not be straight arrow.

      Just kidding. :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Love the way Lover Man gently let you know that he was there for you if you wanted to talk.

      And of course the little bird was a nice touch and gentle reminder to all of us of the importance of looking out for each other, not just ourselves.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      A very lovely and touching true story , I loved it and i sighed in the midst of knowing the sweetness that came from that moment , Very awesome indeed , thank you for sharing this beautiful story with the hub ,and thank you for the smile:)

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Drbj, you are too Funny...I just showed your Comments "Poem Style" to Lover Man, and we both had a good LAUGH!

      Hi Happyboomernurse, we couldn't get over the Friendliness and Trust that this little bird displayed . He would have Brightened Anyone's day. He certainly did mine. Thanks for all your Wonderful comments and of course your VOTE!

      Thank you Jami for understanding my feelings, and how much that moment meant to me with that little Bird. It took away the sadness of Family troubles... and made me Smile. Thanks for Enjoying and all your Lovely Comments.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      What a story! You have such the heart. You and your partner are lucky to have each other. I have always wondered why you call him "Lover Man", although I am quite sure love is no issue here. I just think it is cool that you mention your partner like you so. You all are in love and it is great. That is special. I enjoy your stories so much. If I was rich, I would tape you all and put it on tv:) lol I believe that is cool. It seems you all share great times. Wonderful job.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I love feeding birds, but I only do it in areas that we are allowed.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Lyricwriter, I call my Husband "Lover Man", because it's fun, as is he... and We both have a habit of giving names out...some not so printable...Life is Good...Family...That's another story. Thank you for all your Wonderful Comments, believe me they are so appreciated. I would love to Write TV comedy...Life is filled with Humor!

      Glad you Enjoy feeding Birds Flora...This isn't something we normally do, but this little Bird was so special...and I learned something about Life from him.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      A wonderful story, playfully told.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a wonderful story that seemed to have everything - love, trust, loyalty...

      I loved it!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Now I know why I especially like sparrows...Or perhaps it's your "lessons"? Your hubs are so enjoyable because you incorporate an important learning experience into your story, with or without your unmistakable humor, leaving the reader with something to ponder beyond your words. Excellent! Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I loved this little 'chapter' in your life, Or should I call it a snapshot? either way it was lovely, I could see you sitting at that table feeding the bird, lovely!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      The birds were a reminder of what is really important in life, family. If only we could all remember that when things get screwed up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is the first time i've read one of your stories and i must say that i'm delighted. I love to feed the birds too. Thank you for sharing your afternoon...Cheers

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Thanks Mckbirdks, I appreciate your Wonderful Comments too.

      Hi Movie Master, so glad you Enjoyed and thanks for all the Wonderful Comments, so appreciated.

      Hi Chatkath, I am so Humbled by all your Thoughts on my Hub...I try, as a writer, to tell a story and let you decided how to perceive it. Thank you for all your Compliments and of course your VOTE.

      Hi Nell, I needed that Bird to show me the way, and it did, and it certainly Brightened my Day! I like the idea of a Snapshot...Thank You!

      You are so right Breakfastpops...and my Family seems to be heading in that direction...I pray they will see the light!

      Hi "Always Exploring" I'm so happy you stopped by to read and Comment. I too am so glad to have find your Hubs as well.

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      the birds were just there they were not carrying the joy. YOU were carrying it inside you and they just came there to make you realise how easy it is to find joy.you are a lucky woman to find a partner like lover man who is sensitive to your needs .Rejoice in his company and forget the ones that moved away.if they moved away they lost more than you did.

      take heart friend

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Neeleshkulkarni, your Beautiful Thoughts made me Cry. Thank you. This has been a Sad time for me, for my grown children are not speaking... and it's tearing my heart out. You words gave me comfort, Thank you my Friend.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your lovely little story about "family values." It sounds like you and your "Lover Man" have a wonderful relationship. What a blessing for both of you. I hope your "family problem" is resolved. I will pray that it is.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Thank you so much James for your Thought and Comments. "Family Problems" are getting better I hope, but sadly they will never be the same. Yes, my Man and I have a Wonderful relationship. Thanks for your Prayers.

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      W.R. Shinn 5 years ago

      b.Malin, thanks for the hub. You are so right in the fact that, "Family Values" or lack of them, are the source of many of our woes. You also have a real man in that he can find what he needs in hardly no time at all. I am also in agreement with the fact that Auntie Anne's pretzel dogs are to, well, almost die for. YUM! Thanks again and God bless. W.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A wonderful story, as usual, with a fitting picture. You can almost see its heart under the feathers. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Thanks for your Agreeable words, W.R. Shine. Maybe in time, "Family Values" will come around once more...hopefully in my Life Time. As for Auntie Anne's, I'm tempted to buy Stock!

      Hi Alocsin, missed your Comments, so glad to have them once again! Thanks for Enjoying...and of Course the Vote and the Awesome.

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      Hi B, men are in and out like the SAS, the girls like to peruse things and perhaps get a better deal, although the parking fees are usually dearer than the garment. Feeding the birds, or bird is a great way to spend some time, although we do have to be careful what we feed them. Most people have family issues, but time sometimes heals. Cheers

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Great Comments and Thoughts Attemptedhumour. Normally we do not Feed birds, but this little guy coming onto our table just got to us...He must practice his technique... because he had us wrapped around his little beak!

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      september girl 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your delightful story with us, b.Malin. : ) I loved the part about the bird and his bringing back the family. Very cute story.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Sept. Girl, so glad you Enjoyed... and I could Delight you with this Hub. That little Bird was so Special.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This is a great story. I really adore birds and find them so interesting. It is so funny that he came back with family or perhaps friends for a party! Great hub.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Thanks Pamela for Enjoying this Hub Story. As for him coming back, it just touched my heart that he seemed to want to share...It was that kind of day, and I felt special to be a part of it.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....wonderful story dear friend - and does lover man know that he lives with such a talented and sensitive writer in the family (and not to mention your fabulous sense of humor)

      lake erie time ontario canada 10:19pm sending you warm wishes and good energy ....

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I think by now he does, and the feelings are Mutual...as are they for you my Dear Friend. I feel honored to have you as a Friend and also to come to your Hub Page and Walk away smiling, Laughing and being so Entertained. Thanks once again for all your Wonderful Comments.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Awwww - I loved this, and thanks for sharing with the feathered visitor!

      I have to say though, I can think of a gazillion things I'd rather do than shop.

      If you and your hubby can shop together without one rushing the other to hurry it up and be done with it ... I'm impressed.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Oh we were only shopping for Walking Sneakers for Him...I'd NEVER take him shopping when I go...that would be Insane for "Lover Man" HATES shopping! You never saw anyone pick out sneakers faster than him! Thanks for Enjoying my Hub, Femmeflashpoint.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Such a sweet story. Very touching :) Thank you for sharing this!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Pinkchick, Thanks for stopping by and adding your Thoughtful Comments...So glad you Enjoyed.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi that was sweet!! Very intersting story and you narration was great:)) best luck and best wishes to you!!

      carrie

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Carrie, Thanks for Enjoying and for all your nice, and thoughtful Comments...Always appreciated, and good Health and wishes back to You!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi B,

      I loved this story. How you take a simple day out and make it into a story with a moral value is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

      Sharyn

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Am I Something...or What...Only Kidding. Hi, Sharyn, I am so glad that you Enjoyed this one, I was having a very Mixed Emotions Day, but those little Birds made me SMILE, and so I knew there was a Hub there.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Auntie Anne's pretzels are a favorite of mine too...I like the seedy, nutty kind. hmm-mm Your little hungry sparrow was indeed a family oriented bird...but it is amazing that he brought others back to eat. I'm sorry they didn't get anything that time...but bet they did later. Thank you for sharing this cute and valid story.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Frogyfish, Loved your Comments...You can bet those birds got more to eat after we left, for it was such a Beautiful day to sit and eat one's Pretzel at one of those outdoor tables.

      I'll be by to visit your Hubs as well.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Glad for telling me the birdies DID get to have their snacks. It is those little stories that bring simple beauty and surprise to life. Yea!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      What a beautiful story.

      When I hike in the mountains in Hong Kong I like to take my flute.

      Sometimes I will sit under a tree and play it.

      Either monkeys will come and lay in the branches while being serinaded or beautuful birds will come along and join in.

      Being with nature fills me with so much peace and joy.

      Great story. Thanks for sharing.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Splitting the treat right down the middle sound so romantic and lover man is a really cool hubby. I also love watching the birds. Great write.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Teacher Joe, Thanks for Enjoying this story. I love your Comments, Nature is Free and so Wonderful to take in and see. You are so right they do bring Joy and Peace.

      Fiddleman, thanks so much for coming over, and Enjoying my Hub. I've so missed your Wonderful Comments and Thoughts, so glad you are back!

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful story! Yes, my man also hates to go shopping. We also recently went after a pair of "walking sneakers" and yes, it only took him about 5 minutes to pick out a pair. I guess it's just a "man" thing.

      I love the little bird story! How sweet that he brought his family to share in the treat. Family values are disappearing from our human world, maybe we could learn something from our little bird friends. Voting this up and sharing! :)

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Thanks SGbrown, for all your Wonderful Comments. Sometimes I wish I could be like my Man when it comes to Shopping...But I can't.

      Yes, Family Values are sometimes NOwhere to be found...We need to have them return. Our World is spinning out of Control. But I do believe there is Hope...There is always Hope.

      Thanks so much for your Vote, and for Sharing!

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