I watch a crow sitting on our backyard fence. He looks at me sitting at my desk, secure behind the window.
Our home is a walkout. I’m one floor up. Not close enough.
I open the upper deck door, step out, all while doing my best not to take my eyes off the crow. I’ve got a nest full of eggs below to protect.
The crow eyes me. I eye him back.
He caws (interesting. I always call these predators ‘he’). Hops down from the fence onto the ground. Casually, he hops along the fence line bringing him closer to the nest.
I yell, not to loudly. My neighbours are sleeping. “Go away.”
He does nothing.
I yell louder, disregarding the fact it’s 6:30 am. “Go away!”
He caws again. Takes another hop or two along the grass, flaps his glossy black wings and lifts off. A few swoops of his wings and he lands on a branch of a tree on the other side of the fence.
I sigh. Where is the mommy robin?
I go downstairs to check the nest.
I open the patio door. Peek out, looking up to the beam where she’s built her nest.
She’s there. Sitting on her eggs.
I breathe a sigh of relief.
All is well.
But man. This Crow Patrol gig is tiring!
Perhaps, I need to trust in Mother Nature’s grand design and let her have her way. Because, let’s face it, ‘Mothers Know Best”.
At least, that’s what a taxicab driver told me in January after flying home from a visit to The LIttles in Vancouver. We were driving through a freak snowstorm at 1am. No traffic but the roads were slick. Windshield wipers beating a steady tattoo that did little to improve the visibility, he told me the story of returning to his native Sudan to tell his parents he was getting married to a woman in Canada only to discover, they already had his wedding planned, just not to the woman he intended.
“I was angry at my mother when she told me I was getting married in four days to a woman she’d chosen,” he said while using one hand to clear his windshield of condensation. “That was 10 years ago and I couldn’t be happier. My wife is the perfect woman for me.”
My eyes were peeled straight ahead at the road that was barely visible through the windscreen as if my looking so intently would make his driving more… safe.
Oblivious to my focus on the road, he laughed, gave another swipe at the condensation on the window.,”Just goes to show, Mothers know best!” 🙂