If Birds Could Talk! Story Starter Challenge April 14

I am preparing mentally to have surgery again, but just replacing my pacemaker with one that includes a defibrillator. That will be at the end of the month, about ten days before we leave for Italy. So, I was trying to think of other things to keep my mind on something other than doctors and hospitals.

One morning, sitting on the screened-in back porch, I listened to the birds singing in the trees. My mind wondered what it would be like to talk to birds, specifically what kinds of questions would I ask them. I would call to the nearest birds and say, “Can I have a word with you?”

What is it like to soar through the air? Where do you guys go in storms? What do you do for fun? Have you ever opened your beaks during a rain storm and had a contest to see which one could hold the most water without falling off the limbs?

What is your favorite type of bird seed? Do you sleep at night, or is that a human thing? How do you feel when you have to push your babies out of the nest? Do they come visit or do you have to go to their abode? That question really interests me, as I have a son only 45 minutes to an hour away and I see him and his children only if I drive to his house. It’s like a one-way road. I hope the birds are luckier!

Then, how does love feel to you guys, or is it just instinct, with no real emotions? Do you ever look at humans and wish you could be one? When you are singing in the morning, are you sometimes praising God? Do you know Him and that He knows if you fall out of a tree? How do you relax, or don’t you all feel the stress of living and wondering why you exist?

Even as a child, I loved the television shows like Mr. Ed, the supposedly talking horse or one of those movies with cats or dogs or other animals talking. I wanted to be Dr. Dolittle, communicating with all animals, acknowledging their thinking abilities.

The older I get, the more I find myself contemplating the what-ifs of life. As I come face-to-face with my mortality, reflection on the questions that have interested me since childhood gives me opportunities to put aside the problems of the day, affording my soul and heart a period of rest and my mind a moment of pure whimsy.

Written for the Story Starter Challenge for April 14: Can I Have a word with you?”

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  1. Hi, Regina! I’m so glad to read this post from you–it’s delightful, all the questions you would ask the birds…now you’ve got me thinking too 🙂 Mostly, I’m glad to know when your surgery is scheduled…dear sister, we don’t know each other in person, but my prayers for you are no less sincere and fervent. I feel great confidence that, like the sparrows, God has you most firmly and safely in His capable and healing Hands. I will pray for additional peace as you mark the days until the surgery date…I think it’s significant that it bookends Palm Sunday and Resurrection Day, a triumphant day. JESUS nailed all our sickness as well as sins to the Cross…and a song (Contemporary Christian) comes to mind: “Tell the devil–‘no, not today!'” will you be taken from all who love you, and the work HE has ordained for you to accomplish. Blessings and hugs from afar, Ennle ❤

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