Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Why We Live HERE; Reason #43


Every time I start questioning our sanity about our lifestyle choice, something beautiful happens.

At daybreak this morning, I was taking a smoke break outside at work. The seagulls were squawking, as usual. This morning, something was different, and louder, in their cries. I looked up to find 2 bald eagles, floating in the air current, barely above the rooftops. As I watched, a 3rd eagle joined their slow circle of the restaurant.

While I stood there, grinning like an idiot, the eagles hovered directly above my head. I could see the feathers of their wings subtly moving to hold their seemingly motionless positions. As they hovered, they talked quietly among themselves. As I watched, they were joined by a 4th eagle. This eagle was immature, and hadn't acquired his "bald" head yet.

The intrusion of the young eagle disrupted the peaceful gab session of the other 3 eagles. Soon, all 4 eagles began jockeying for position, and started flying in a widening circle. I was hoping that this would lead to a "Cartwheel Display", where a courting pair flies to high altitude, locks their talons together, and cartwheels toward the ground. I would dearly love to see this dramatic courtship flight, but no such luck today!

We sometimes question ourselves about why we struggle to eke out a living up here, at the edge of the universe. This morning God gave me another amazing answer to that question.

31 Comments:

At 4/03/2007 6:56 PM, Blogger Sonja said...

Wow! Just... wow!

 
At 4/03/2007 7:04 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sonja, it was sooooo COOL! I only wish I'd had the video camera with me!

 
At 4/03/2007 8:01 PM, Blogger SME said...

COOL!! Better than watching the falcon eating pigeons and throwing the bones over the side of a building. That was just...kinda gross.

 
At 4/03/2007 8:02 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Stuff like that is why I regret living in the city.

 
At 4/03/2007 9:02 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

I lived there all my life and never saw anything as beautiful as you described. I have to say I dont think I ever saw a bald eagle up there either but then again mom usually lived in town and I highly doubt they come into town very often and fly around like that. LOL...

 
At 4/03/2007 11:14 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Sounds like a sign came about right when you needed it. Love it when the universe does that!

 
At 4/04/2007 8:50 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Beautiful...

I'll never forget seeing bald eagles in Northwoods Wisconsin. One of the best reasons to go up there is the isolation. That said, I can't say I could live where you do since I'm very much a city girl - but I love to visit!

 
At 4/04/2007 12:05 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

TOTALLY COOL!!

Thanks for writing it out and sharing it with all of us.

You'll never forget this.

 
At 4/04/2007 5:16 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Bald eagles just rock. They're one of the things I like about where we live, too.

 
At 4/04/2007 6:28 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, and it beats the hell out of watching that yellow-tailed hawk eating our goldfinches!

ZS, yeah, stuff like reinforces our belief that we made the right choice in lifestyles. Sometimes I'm not so sure.

Tweets, when you lived out by us, you were only a couple of blocks away from a nesting pair of eagles. You just need to be watching at the right time.

WC, me too!! I really needed that sign now.

Laura, anytime you guys want a tour of the northwoods, just let us know.

Cherie, I KNEW you'd appreciate this!

Courtney, agreed! The coolest part was hearing them talk to each other!

 
At 4/04/2007 6:39 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

There were? I know I sound stupid here but I guess as a child you dont look all that much when your outside playing. Now that is funny. But they are beautiful animals.

 
At 4/04/2007 6:52 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, you know that hill you loved to ride your bike down? There's a tall pine there that the eagles sit in a lot. We watch that tree from our kitchen window all the time.

 
At 4/04/2007 7:56 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

That is so wonderful. I'm glad you got to see and hear that. I was allowed to see two of them last weekend, but they were higher up and I was driving. Didn't get much of a look, just glad to get a glimpse.

A reminder of life's beauty, now and then, is so welcome.

 
At 4/04/2007 9:52 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

What an incredible sight you had. ANy chance you had a camera on hand?

 
At 4/05/2007 6:10 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Wow, wish I could have seen that. I think living at the edge of the universe would be nice most of the time. I'm getting more anti-social the more I have to deal with "civilization." :-)

 
At 4/05/2007 12:21 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Tshsmom I know the area you are talking about but I never looked up to see the eagles. That must be so pretty.

Vest you are still being a pain in the keester. Why dont you just drop off the face of the earth and go pester some alien. Then they can take you up in there ship and do some experimental things to you and you can come backa changed man. I am sick and tired of you badgering my friends. Back off old man.

 
At 4/05/2007 9:58 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, we get a lot of moments like that. It's what makes living here worth the hardships! ;)

Bridg, I'm seriously considering bringing our camcorder to work for awhile. I'm sure that the eagles will disappear if I have a camera though.

VV, anytime you guys want to visit, let me know! We love showing off our edge of the wilderness to people who appreciate it!

 
At 4/07/2007 10:15 AM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Happy Easter guys. N.

 
At 4/07/2007 10:18 AM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Oh, what I wouldn't give to have been there! What an awesome, rare sight to see. These things are what makes our hearts sing! Anyway, I'm coming out of the dark spaces, going to the beach to be with oldest daughter for a day - but its cold! And, HAPPY EASTER!

 
At 4/07/2007 2:06 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, give the girls a big Easter hug from us!!

Gardenia, I hope it warms up for you!! Have a Blessed Easter!

 
At 4/07/2007 2:43 PM, Blogger Great White Bear, said...

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Eagles are awesome! And so is the area you live in, in spite of it hardships!

Got the canoe on the water a week ago Friday afternoon before the weather turned. We never left the city limits of South Bend, but the wild life viewing was pretty good. Three otters, couple of muskrats, pair of coots building a nest, a pair of coyotes.

Also an eagles nest sitting high a top a broken off tree. It appeared to have some recent repairs, so hopefully their will be young ones this spring!

 
At 4/07/2007 11:22 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Happy Easter to you and yours Tshsmom! Also to all of your readers.

Seeing a bald eagle is a real treat.

 
At 4/08/2007 8:05 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

GWB, that's so COOL that you have that much wildlife within the city limits! If only other people realized what they could see if they'd just LOOK.

Monica, a BLESSED EASTER to your family as well!!
We've been overwhelmed lately so I haven't had much time to blog. We're using today to sort our heads out and renew our souls. We need that kick in the butt(or 2x4 Cherie ) from God every now and then.

 
At 4/08/2007 1:40 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

The girls had fun with there egg hunt this morning. We dont eat boiled eggs here but I bought those plastic ones and put small candies inside. boy did they have fun. I wish I could have gotten pix of that. But it was to hard becuse J took K and I took B and we had things hidden upstairs and in the basement. It was fun. I took pix of them before church this morning with there filled baskets. Will post that tomorrow. Will also e-mail pix if you would like. Tweets.

 
At 4/08/2007 6:02 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Happy Easter!

 
At 4/09/2007 4:07 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

This is off the subject here but I was just reading your archives of April of 05 when you started this blog and I cant believe what Z went though. But again I dont have TS but I cant believe what those ASSES did to him. I mean when Kids would tease me at school my mom wouldnt do a thing. I mean she would go to the principal but it got to the point that she quit doing that also. She didnt want to find a solution. She didnt want to do anything for me. I am happy you guys found a good solution for Z. I hope hes alot happier now. I never knew how hard he had it. I am sorry to hear it and glad hes striving to do better now. Its snowing here today. It just started and I dont know if they have an accumalation yet. Well just thought I would stop by and tell you I e-mailed you some pix of the girls today. Well gotta go get dressed to go get K. Catch you later N.

 
At 4/10/2007 12:27 AM, Blogger Angelique said...

I love moments like that. A moment that is totally unexpected that it makes you stop and appreciate the beauty around you. It kind of makes you think that even though life has it's moments, it doesn't suck.

 
At 4/10/2007 6:16 AM, Blogger lash said...

it's all about what we choose to look at.

You look for a reason and you are findig it everywhere.

Some don't and they just muse about existence.

No one is wrong here

 
At 4/10/2007 1:52 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, you, SME, and Z all know firsthand that our school system refuses to do anything about the HUGE bullying problem they have! Z's been a different(better) kid since he got out of that hellhole!

Angelique, EXACTLY!!

lash, yup, we all miss so much when we forget to look!

 
At 4/10/2007 2:16 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

I was just looking to see what it was like for him and it was no different for me and more than likely sme either. I dont ever remember her getting teased like Z and I but its all there anyway. Sorry to go on a tangent about it but I was just reading and it making me madder and madder that they treated him like that. It made me sick to know they havent changed one damned bit since they got a new principal... I am glad I am not there. Poor K wouldnt have a school to go to when I was done. I would be forced to home school her. I havent had any more problems with the school since that last time. But I am glad you found out that this was the solution for him. When home schooling do they go right through the summer or do they get breaks like the rest of the kids? Just curious.

 
At 4/10/2007 6:06 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, that's the beauty of homeschooling...you can take as much, or as little time as you need, as long as the kids learn the material.
We conduct school year 'round as Z has a very hard time staying on task. It takes him longer to complete his assignments.
We do take breaks/vacations from school, but we take them when WE want. We often work weekends, and take weekdays off too.

 

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