May 23, 2007


Last night the three of us watched birds swoop down from the trees and gather around the feeder on our back deck. As time passed, fledglings fell from the trees and plopped themselves next to their larger relatives on the deck's railing. They flew, or fell, as if made of iron, shaky new wings carrying fuzzy bodies. The fledglings ate a little on their own but preferred to wait for their mother to feed them, squawking, wings flailing, mouths and eyes open to the sun.

I watched these new little lives doing their funny bird dances. I watched the mother bird feed the little ones, a pile of open yellow beaks. I watched the floppy wings and fuzzy bodies quake, following their mother around our deck. And watching all of this made me feel happy. I really can't explain it. Just incredibly happy. The kind of happiness that makes you feel as if some long-forgotten seed planted deep inside you is about to bloom and the stress-fueled roiling is, at least momentarily, quelled.

Mia and I sat, transfixed, both of us entertained, I'm sure, for different reasons.

"Do you see the baby birdies?" I asked Mia. She nodded, pointed to herself and said "baby." "You were a baby. Now you're our little girl. But those birdies are babies like you used to be."

"But the baby birdies came from eggs and live in nests. And Mia Bean doesn't live in a nest," added Beth. Mia looked confused. "Don't worry," said Beth, "we'll walk you through the details later. Much later."

For now, little Bean, don't worry about the details. Just be happy experiencing the world mouth and eyes open to the sun.

Posted by Chris at May 23, 2007 7:06 AM

What a great story! Mia sure is lucky to have you and Beth for parents.

And this is a wonderful photo!

Posted by: Alissa at May 23, 2007 7:51 AM

I was waiting to read that Mia was so confused that she held up her hand and walked into the house saying, "Whatever, people. Where's the vodka?"

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at May 23, 2007 8:08 AM

I think there's really something magical about children of all species.

Posted by: E :) at May 23, 2007 8:13 AM

What a beautiful little girl you have!

Posted by: Hope at May 23, 2007 8:36 AM

Good post. I love the picture with the shadows.

Posted by: William at May 23, 2007 9:06 AM

Great story and picture!

Posted by: Fraulein N at May 23, 2007 9:22 AM

Ok, at this point, your comments thingie and I are having a full-on dysfunctional relationship. One where I'm putting in all the effort.

Anyway, what I was saying was that I miss putting cute stuff on a baby girl's head. If you try that shit when they're 17, you'll pull back a nub.

Posted by: Contrary at May 23, 2007 11:04 AM

ahhhh... Your little babooshka

Posted by: Johnny at May 23, 2007 11:18 AM

Isn't it the most wonderful thing? Seeing the world again for the first time, through your child's eyes? You once again put a smile on my face, thanks!

Posted by: Maribeth at May 23, 2007 11:42 AM

Good Lord, where's my insulin, thats just too sweet!

Posted by: Jeff A at May 23, 2007 11:43 AM

Simply beautiful, Chris. This brought a little tear to my eye.

Posted by: Trixie at May 23, 2007 11:50 AM

Oh that's a great photo. She's beautiful.

Posted by: Phoenix at May 23, 2007 2:36 PM

She's really, really cute :)

PS - I'm adding you to my miniscule blogroll. (yours is quite phenomenol, btw)

And I like the About Me bio too (esp for someone who supposedly doesn't like to write Bios ;)

Couldn't agree with you more here:

What do you look for in a blog that keeps you reading? Honesty and personality. Its all well and good having a blog that keeps track of the latest news or issues but if it doesn’t have personality or isn’t an honest reflection on the person sitting at the keyboard, it really doesn’t interest me much.

It seems like some people do this for some kind of popularity contest because they never wanted to leave high school?

Posted by: sunchaser at May 23, 2007 4:39 PM

Her cheeks! So cute!

I'm going on vacation too. Well, sort of. I'm leaving tomorrow and after that I don't know where we are going.

I'll be checking for photos!

Posted by: Jenn at May 24, 2007 2:54 AM

Those happy moments are what make it all worth while.

Posted by: nila at May 24, 2007 3:04 AM

Beautiful post, beautiful little girl, beautiful family. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Nadine at May 24, 2007 5:48 AM

Beautiful post, but you knew that...

Ok, so the "eyes open to the sun" part? I was totally thinking: "No, Mia! Don't look at the sun! There's retinal damage to be had!"

Is this a sign the Boy better be worried about Alektralites in his future?

Posted by: alektra at May 24, 2007 9:17 AM

Lovely, lovely photo.

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at May 24, 2007 9:34 AM

Awww! She looks like a big little girl...sweet little girl...

Posted by: Dee at May 29, 2007 10:47 PM