Did I say that out loud?

Thoughts and musings of a mom

The little brown bird

on October 31, 2016

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I stood at the front of the room, waiting for their answers.  Each reply was true to tradition.  A witch.  A superhero.  A princess.

And then the tiniest student in the room softly spoke her quiet response to the annual question of what each child was going to dress as for Halloween. 

A little brown bird.

No flash.  No pizaaz.  No bright lights or dynamic colours.  Just a simple little brown bird.  A breath of fresh air on a day that places value on the extremes.

Years from now, will we remember the little brown bird?  Or will we only reflect back on the outstanding, the attention seekers, the more obvious depictions of that day?  

And do we live our lives as the simple little brown bird? 

Or are we the posh princess, making demands, desiring the necessity of others to fulfil our wishes? Are we the wicked witch, making life miserable for others, seeking to make others look bad for our own benefit?  Or maybe the superhero who comes in with the slick costume and almighty powers just in the nick of time, saving the day?

I want to be that person who remembers the little brown bird.  That quiet one in the back row, the gentle spirit, the one who walks while others are running.  The one who doesn’t loudly announce their presence, but whose smile lights up your part of the room.

The one who is always there,  perhaps even hidden, but open to the world around them, watching like the little brown bird.

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5 responses to “The little brown bird

  1. Lori says:

    Well written and thought provoking. I’ll be meditating on the truths here for awhile. Wow!

  2. Sue H says:

    I love the little brown birds of our world.

  3. Cindy says:

    Oh I think I’ve seen myself as a posh princess:( Hopefully not a wicked witch.
    Let’s keep reassuring those little brown birds Christy. God bless them and God bless you.

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