Monday, January 25, 2010

Eagle Watching


Why did Bill and I stand out in the whipping wind, freezing temperature and dreary weather yesterday? To view a dozen eagles perched on the patches of ice on the river in Alton. One sat on a crusted mini icefloe no bigger than a dinner plate. It was almost comical to watch. Others left their tree perches and soared, then dived. I don't go to church, but I felt the divine presence, and I prayed a thank you prayer and a please-please prayer.

With all the adversity in this world and the horrific images on TV, I had a glimpse of determination as this bird of prey latched onto the nearest thing to wait it out.

We all need something to clutch, something to sustain us, whether it is a fish in the belly or a friend who will listen when we feel precariously balanced, alone, floating adrift. Call someone today, smile at a stranger; it might be just the thing they need to bob up again.

Until the sun shines again (when???) you can be a burst of sunshine for someone else. My mom used to say, "Don't give up and don't give in." And my grandaughter used to sing along with Annie, "The sun will come out tomorrow."

Please sun, please. Thank you God. Bless those in need...

5 comments:

K9friend said...

There are few things more majestic than a soaring eagle. No wonder they were chosen to be a symbol for our country!

BECKY said...

Beautiful photo, Linda! Those Alton area eagles always remind me of the swallows that return to San Juan Capistrano every year!

Linda O'Connell said...

Pat and Becky, Despite the brutal cold, it was an awesome experience being so close to nature. That wingspan is incredible.

Tammy said...

Thanks. I needed this. Beautifully put, too!

Bookie said...

Enjoyed the eagle tale. Our friends go to Alton every year to see eagles. But your postive spin on life from your viewing...magnificent!!!