Thursday, May 1, 2008

Homing Birds

Baby Boy is presently hunched over his laptop, researching homing birds...any type. He is currently reading the Harry Potter series, and is enamored with the idea of having his mail delivered by bird. I am actually quite satisfied with the nice lady who braves our wretched, rutted dirt road...but OK, I can kind of see the appeal. And lest you worry that I am allowing my son to read dangerous books, I'm reading the series too. I figured I needed to see what all the ruckus was about. I still haven't come across the problem yet, but I'm sure I'll find it soon.

Anyhow, this isn't really a post about Harry Potter. It's about homing birds. I was thinking about them as I kind of half listened to Baby Boy mutter to himself, and considering that they have a certain similarity to children. At least the homegrown kind. The homegrown kind seem to have a built in, wired in desire to run home. No matter how much they may enjoy being somewhere else, eventually their hearts, and wings, turn them home.

Older adopted children are like birds with no home wired in. They wheel about searching, and follow after anything shiny. They'll stop and sleep on any roost. They'll eat anyone's food, drink anyone's water. Many remember a home of sorts, but they have gotten too turned around by storms and distance, to know how to fly back there.

What will they do...that is the question of the day. Will they spend their entire lives on the move, always searching, never finding...never coming to rest? Or will they relearn "home", and in time train themselves to return again and again?

4 comments:

Denise said...

I love the Harry Potter movies!

Susan said...

I read the whole series with my older kids, reluctantly at first, but we've been able to talk about suspended disbelief and just enjoy the fantasy if them without getting all worked up about the "witch" stuff.

quilted family said...

Wonderful analogy with the homing birds. Beth

Anonymous said...

I liked the series. I read it to see if it was okay for my kids. IMO, if you can appreciate the Narnia series and the Lord of the Rings, there's no reason to disapprove of Harry Potter. The Harry Potter series gives us a very clear picture of what is good and noble versus what is evil.

LAH