Stripping away the rose colored glasses of denial concerning my reality. Getting in touch with truth. Reaching out to others in empathy concerning their reality and their walk to truth.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

All Creatures Matter




















A little bell jingles in the background - Brisbane is slowly waking up. I'm an early riser, but he will need another hour before he is ready to meet the day. If the sun is not up - he's not up. Don't dare uncover his little house before then. So I'm very quiet proceeding with my usual routine. The lights on the fireplace mantel remain off as well. It's taken me a whole week to figure how to maneuver him - or has he been maneuvering me?(smile)

Today Brisbane's owner comes home from Christmas vacation - it's a long drive. The lateness of his arrival will determine if Brisbane stays another night here. Sure, I could take the bird home now, turn up the heat in the house, and leave him... but I can't do that. My neighbor suggested it... but I just can't do it. I don't take lightly the life of a tiny soul... I'm responsible for Brisbane while he's in my care. So we'll wait.

It's awfully quiet under that little blankie of his. I know I'm going to miss Brisbane, but not enough to go out and purchase a bird of my own. I can't stand to see birds caged. I want to open the doors and let them all out - free to fly. My ownership and loss of two previous birds profoundly affected me. I've even accidentally called Brisbane by their names. Or was it accidental? Each time there was a crushing moment and the heart strings pulled me back to a time of bliss. We do love our pets(smile).

Still I've had a good time with Brisbane. If nothing else I've been happy to post about this little fellow. I only hope I haven't traumatized him. It's been a very different set-up here than that at his regular home. Sort of makes me wonder how children of divorced couples deal with the split custody of their parents. Two Christmases might not be bad - but two homes with two sets of rules might be.  People say, "oh the children will adapt." Just like Brisbane's owner is not worried about Brisbane's reaction to all of this. Maybe I'm just being silly. But if it were my bird I'd want the person keeping him to have the same sense of responsibility... and love. Some might see him as, "just a little bird," but to me... all creatures matter.

24 comments:

  1. how come you don't have a cat or a dog, Dixie? I have a tomcat called Ignatius or Nyatza :)

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    1. I've had a cat and a dog before. Cat was hit by a car. Dog passed away from old age. Something I haven't thought about. I had 2 gerbils years ago - here again - cages. I ended up with 12 gerbils... had to give some away!

      Nice name for a cat!

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    2. Nyatza's mom was also hit by a car, and my last dog died at age 25 in human years :) He was almost as old as me

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    3. Aw - Dezz - so sorry for your loss of both. We have two tomcats but they mostly stay at the neighbor's house, across the street.

      I also have five deer that often sleep in my yard. There's a little red fox, two hawks, and two owls. Busy place sometimes. Oh and two big wild rabbits. I have a zoo!

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    4. ooh, love deer! We had a lil' bambi :) in our corn field when I was little and foxes would come to eat fallen plums during summer and forgot to say that my tomcat has a few pet frogs on his own :)

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    5. The tomcat has pet frogs? Lovely!!! Hahaha!

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  2. They're amazing creatures, aren't they. Sounds like you two enjoyed one another *grin*. Our Frankie, likewise, holds an esteemed position in our household.

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    1. Just got a phone call from Brisbane's owner - he'll be here at 5 p.m. or so. I'm kind of relieved. It's easier not to be responsible for a little one. My couple of physical issues get in the way, and maybe that's what Dezmond was asking me? Hmm.

      Is Frankie a bird?

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  3. It's the same with us, no pets. After the last dog my husband vowed never another. We are certainly not fit enough to care for a dog these days but a house cat maybe. You will miss Brisbane.

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    1. Probably will miss him. He has a certain charm.

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  4. I'm with you - all creatures matter. I don't like to see birds in cages or having their wings clipped - they were meant to soar in the skies and be free. Perhaps with a little human love thrown in when the need is there.

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    1. I so agree, Mike. Brisbane flies and, to me, it's important to let him stay that way.

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  5. man, i wish my wife treated me as well as you treat brisbane.

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    1. That's funny! Come over and bring the Mrs.- we're having hot apple pie in ten minutes!

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  6. Yes all of God creatures matter, especially with someone like yourself, that has such a big heart.

    peace and love
    1ManView

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    1. That's very kind of you to say(smile).

      Thank you for visiting me today.

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  7. Hi Dixie.....
    I am so glad that Brisbane got to spend Christmas with you!
    Do you have any children....you never say....perhaps none of my business
    Don't want to intrude
    Enjoy your week ahead!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. HI Linda - no intrusion - I was never able to have any. Loss three and gave up; the doctor was right about my physical birth defect. My brother's kids always call me and ask me to bring certain food dishes for Christmas. I have lots of fun with them/

      Took Brisbane home today. He was so happy to see his owner. Bless his heart - I'm sure being here confused him.

      I hope you'll have fun on New Year's ... take some happy photos!!

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    2. Thanks for sharing....
      Getting to know you better....
      Happy New Years Eve to you too!

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    3. Linda, that's very kind of you. I've been blogging since 2006, and I suppose I covered all of that so long ago. I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have(smile).

      Just when I got used to writing 2014... never fails... the calendar rolls again! Happy New Years Eve will be here soon!

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  8. I enjoy seeing the sense of care you have over living creatures.

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    1. Thank you, Michael - you're kindness is appreciated.

      Thank you for visiting me today(smile).

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  9. I have 4 dogs, 1 cat, and a family of snails, and yes, I take great care of all of them. Snails most definitely included. Why do I have snails? Because some babies got transported here by the local HOA in some building materials and would have starved to death otherwise.

    Yeah, I'm THAT guy.

    http://i.imgur.com/H8af1kR.jpg

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    1. Brandon - Bryan, such a tiny creature. It's a wonder you could even see it! I think people with pet-friends develop a perspective others might surely miss. It's not just a world for humans. I suppose that's one reason why I refuse to "treat" the yard to rid it of chipmunks. That I enjoy watching them gallop, like horses, down the path to the gazebo!

      I'm guessing the snails need an isolated environment from the cat? Or would the cat eat them?

      Good for you, and thank you for sharing the photo. I never knew they were so small... helpless really. You are THAT guy!!

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