So, the other day my landscaper accidentally cut down a tree limb and knocked a storks nest into the water. It was very traumatic for me and dramatic in the sense it involved jumping into the Bay but after much ado we saved 3 baby storks from drowning (I say “saved” loosely as we were also the reason they were drowning in th e 1st place).
Anyway, after we got them back in the tree. I was extremely worried about them. Their mama seemed to have disappeared and I wasn’t sure what they would eat. I started asking my friends and received various suggestions like “go buy worms” or “feed them hotdogs”.
I did neither.
However, I was getting increasingly worried.
How would these babies survive? What would they eat? Would they ever fly?
So, in the next 48 hours I did alot of watching. And waiting. And worrying. And then repeated the cycle.
Finally, I decided to take action. I called an expert from the Wildlife Refuge by the name of Barb. I nicknamed her the Stork Whisperer. She would come to the house bc if these storks were woodstorks (which they turned out to be), then they are endangered and must be protected.
I was excited. I felt like I had hired a Stork Superhero that was gonna save the day.
Barb showed up. I took her out to the nest. She looked at the nest for 90 seconds. She looked at me for 30 seconds and said ” I know you’ve been worried about these storks but I’ll tell you what the problem is here. Sometimes, you’ve gotta kick the nest”.
And then, Stork Whisperer Barb picked up each bird and let them fall from the tree on the ground. And then she tore apart the nest and said “sometimes, the only things holding the birds back are people that keep letting them cling to the nest rather than forcing them to grow up and get on with their life. I know you were well intentioned, but they are ready to fly and by putting them back in the nest is actually hindering their growth.”
She smiled at me and we both watched as the first baby stork flew across the water.
Lesson learned. In what area’s of your life do you need to kick the nest?