The ears in one of the pictures belong to my muse, Livia. She’s a princess cat who lives with us. She stays indoors and watches the world through windows. At the Cape, she watches the birds on the feeder as if they are performing in the best feline movie ever filmed. But recently, she had a close encounter.
The little bird in the picture stunned herself by flying into the slider window. We ran when we heard the thump. It took a minute to see her, huddled down in her feathers with her eyes closed. We knew how hard she’d hit, so we worried she was badly injured. Livia was fascinated. She’d never been so close to a feathered friend before, only a pane of glass between them. The bird was cute and finch-like, but with a different beak. We couldn’t identify her (or him). Can you?
We’ve all had life events that stun us. How many of us rush in to make things better? How many times do our quick fixes make things worse? In our busy, hectic lives, how often do we take time to evaluate before we act?
The little bird remained still, barely breathing for a long time. Long enough that we moved on to other things—except Livia—and ran back and forth to see if the bird was still there. I like to think Livia communicated with the hurt bird, stood by her until she regained her footing and wing power. Sure enough, the bird was gone one of the times we went back to check. Livia walked around with her tail high and a smug expression. I think she took credit for helping the bird fly away, and I think maybe she deserved to.
The moral of this blog isn’t to hesitate to make decisions after life stuns you—though, I think that’s good advice. The moral is: If a bird is stunned by flying into your window, have a kitty help her out.