Joshua found the sweetest, little, fledgling mockingbird in our side yard tonight. Unfortunately, he cannot fly yet. His parents were nowhere to be found. We googled for a solution and found a local couple who take in orphaned and injured birds. Should you ever find yourself in this same situation, we found help through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. They recommended that the first thing that we do is move it into a box and cover the box with a dry cloth. Then, move the box to a safe place, such as a garage. Safe meaning out of the way of predators, out of the sun, etc. You aren't supposed to give it any food or water. And finally, it is important that they stay warm (not a a problem during the summer in AZ!).
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
I remember feeling so special. We had friends and family over. He and his friends barbecued this big, huge meal. Then after the sun went down, we carried a watermelon out to the swimming pool. I accidentally dropped the melon and thought for sure that I'd get in trouble. But, instead a watermelon fight broke out and everyone was happy and laughing. Childhood memories are often fuzzy, but it struck me so deeply when I realized that we were probably celebrating his birthday, but he made me feel like it was all for me. I had no idea, and I wish that I could thank him for a memory that I will always cherish.
The finality of death is so hard.