One morning, while making my way down the queen ann’s lace lined gravel road, I maneuvered around the sharp corner just before the little river and spotted the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. He was clinging to some tall grass that was busting with seeds. Usually birds flutter away when anyone tries to come near. This time he sat proud as I rolled my car to a stop and watched him from my driver’s side window.
I have seen these birds flutter across the road time and time again like little blue streaks. They are fast and usually dive into the nearest bush or patch of tall grass. But this time, I could almost reach out my car window and touch this bird. He acknowledged my presence, then continued to feast on the seeds beneath his tiny talons.
I must of sat there for five minutes enjoying the view. His feathers shinned of cobalt blue and iridescence turquoise sometimes casting purple hues. The tail had thin streaks of black in them. The grass stalk that he clung to slightly bent beneath his weight. The tender light brown grass seeds hung from his beak as he picked off more. Ah, breakfast!
After all this mighty little Indigo Bird needs plenty of fuel, for he will spend the rest of the day singing his little heart out. If he is courting, he will sing up to 680 songs in one hour’s time. His multitude of songs begin from sunup to sundown. No other bird exercises his lungs so often like this one.
These beautiful birds are only in our fields until the fall, when both the male and female begin to return to Central America. It is not only instinct that leads them there and back, but they navigate themselves with the help from the North Star. They understand the constellations, the night sky!
That early morning I was very blessed to be a small part of that bird’s journey. His beauty and his bravery stayed with me the rest of the day. I admire the gifts the Creator gave to this species, the blue colors, their song and their ability to read the stars.
Like the Indigo Bird, each of us has a special beauty we wear like those turquoise feathers. We all have special songs in our hearts that should stay vocal from sunup to sundown. We all have navigational tools that lead us back to our Creator at the end of our journey. The Indigo bird is a simple reminder of the art of life. So this day remind yourself to respect your own beauty and to sing and to take wings and fly!
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