As I kept my head down and pointed into the wind the rain/snow mix continued to fall from the dark skies overhead.Â It seemed like hours since my brothers, sisters and I had hesitatingly flown or fallen from the nest depending on how you looked at it.Â But it had only been minutes since they had rolled away like tumbleweeds at the mercy of the winds and I had somehow managed to make it to this this wooden railing.Â I continued to hunch over against the elements as my small feet gripped tightly to the cold wood for dear life.
Is this what being an adult is all about, I wondered thinking I would rather be back in the warm nest where everything seemed right with the world.Â The cold seeped through my feathers to my skin as I fought to keep my balance, the wind continually threatening to knock me from my perch.Â The loneliness I felt was overwhelming as I missed my family and the warmth that was there.
The wind howled stronger, relentless in its force as I faintly heard what sounded like the tinkling of bells.Â Was I just imagining things as my mind became more frozen and numb?Â Straining to hear, the sound became louder and louder as it seemed to come from directly over my head.Â I heard the voice speak clearly, ‘I gave you wings for a reason’.Â I suddenly remembered the words Papa always said that even in a life of harsh physicality our spirits can triumph and soar as I spread my wings and jumped into the wind with my heart beating madly in my chest.
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