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Small miracles [Oct. 18th, 2004|09:42 am]
Zoethe
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At the end of the day on Friday I darted out of the office around 4 in order to make a quick run to Painesville (about 45 minutes east of town) to pick up a document needed for a case. By luck I had driven that day, so had my car.

I entered the glass-encased alcove of the parking garage and a flurry of motion caught my eye. A yellow warbler had gotten into this space and was frantically trying to fly through the window. The tiny yellow-green bird fluttered against the glass, clearly nearing exhaustion.

Now, a sparrow I would likely have ignored. The common English sparrow is a pestilence upon the land, driving native birds out of their habitat with its easy adaptation to stress and its prolific breeding habits. But this was one of those threatened native birds. It breaks my heart to see one dead on the street, and leaving this one to stress itself to death was out of the question if I could do anything about it.

I dropped my bag and approached the window. Caught between the tall, narrow window frames, the tiny bird tried to fly away from me, which meant flying against the glass, toward the world outside that it could not reach. I cupped my hands around it and scooped it into the cage of my fingers. It broke away the first time, as I tried to adjust its wings, but the second time I had it I just held it as I had captured it, trembling, and made my way to the doors. Thankfully, they opened outward, and as soon as I opened my hands the warbler sprang away from me, never looking back. It felt no gratitude for its rescue, and didn't remember the incident for more than a few seconds, I am sure.

I am the one left to remember, and feel grateful that I was honored with the task of saving it.
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2004-10-18 01:46 pm (UTC)
The tree in your icon... do you know anything about it?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-18 01:50 pm (UTC)
Uh, that I copped it from the internet someplace....

Sorry. If it looks familiar, it may be that it is.
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2004-10-18 02:15 pm (UTC)
actually, I am looking for a tree for a story I'm working on... and that looks just like the one in my head... mind if I borrow the icon for inspiration?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-18 02:25 pm (UTC)
Certainly. As I said, it was an image I found on the internet, so I have no exclusive claim to it.

I'd love to see the story when you're done.
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2004-10-18 02:59 pm (UTC)
You most certainly may see the story... and when it's published, you will be recognized in the acknowledgements ... and I'll mention you when I go on Oprah too ;)

By the way, I love the bird story... what a very nice thing to have done.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-18 03:07 pm (UTC)
I really did feel honored to be able to do it. A little blessing in my life.
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[User Picture]From: kspragg
2004-10-18 02:29 pm (UTC)
That was a lovely post. I was very nearly with you there as you did that.

Keith (Thank you :-D)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-18 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've been meaning to write about it since Friday, but this cold is kicking my butt. I'm stuck at work now waiting for an attorney to arrive so I can get a vital project done, so I had a little time (they aren't nice about letting you lie down for a nap on the job....). I'm glad it was evocative of the moment for you.
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[User Picture]From: on_reserve
2004-10-18 02:58 pm (UTC)
i love saving animals. when we used to shop at petco i would always rescue the little fish they would inevitably leave out to die (swoop of the net and leave it on top not bothering to notice if fish were pulled out of water). of course, for many reasons we don't buy anything at petco anymore and are rarely in there. and all of our pets have been rescues from shelters.
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2004-10-19 06:03 am (UTC)
My bird IS a rescue from Petco. We went in there one day, trying to come up with something to do when we had just moved to Phoenix. There was this adorable little green-cheeked conure there. (FYI, I grew up on a farm, and have been taking in the animals that no one else wants all my life. I also have a ton of experience with parrots) I asked if I could hold him, and this jerk goes and gets a HUGE snow glove out of the back to catch him with. Five minutes later, he still can't catch him and I ask if I can try. He hands me the glove, which I refuse. I put my hand on the edge of the cage, he looks at me for a minute and hops up on me, cuddles in my hair, and falls asleep.

Three years later, you can STILL tell that he was abused, but he is pretty happy now. He won't go near men's hands, tho...and will go to the bathroom all over the place out of fright if a male voice gets too loud, even on tv.

Like you, I have a major moral objection to places like those. I just couldn't leave him there, I was meant to be his Mama.
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[User Picture]From: justbeast
2004-10-18 03:45 pm (UTC)
That just made my morning, and made me smile. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-18 04:02 pm (UTC)
I like sharing those good moments in life, and having them to look back upon as the years go by.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2004-10-18 06:39 pm (UTC)
Cool...this is like those stories I hear about throwing starfish back into the ocean.
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[User Picture]From: girliewhirl
2004-10-18 10:46 pm (UTC)
Good for you! We get so busy that it's hard to notice little things, but it's good when the universe uses you to deliver someone/something's miracle (even if she didn't realize it or remember).

I'm sorry that you are feeling sick! Get well thoughts, coming your way!

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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2004-10-19 06:14 am (UTC)
I LOVE stories like this.

My best friend and I were driving down a highway (two lanes in either direction with a big grass-covered median) when we had to stop at a light. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a little flash of white as Shannon asked, "is that a bunny?!?!" I turned my head to see a four or five week old kitten, which someone had abandoned in the median...ostensibly hoping it would get killed. People suck.

The light had already been red forever, but I threw the car into park, and ran out across the shoulder into the median. That cat FLEW into my arms after just a minute of coaxing. I rushed back into the car (and Providence had kept the light red) and just as I shut my door the guy in the truck behind me starts laying on his horn. I turn around to flip him off...the light is still red so what is his problem?...and see him clapping at me.

We took her to a shelter where they don't euthanize, and she got adopted by a little girl.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-19 01:07 pm (UTC)
Good for you. The poor little thing!
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2004-10-19 01:44 pm (UTC)
Lovely story, beautifully written. Brings a tear to my eye. Great way to start my morning!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-10-19 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I felt lucky to be able to share it.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2004-10-19 11:25 pm (UTC)
That was beautiful! Thank you.
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