Who are you? How have you been? and Where are you going? – Suzanne Lie

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Who are you? How have you been? and Where are you going?
WHO ARE YOU?
 
These are questions that humans often forget to ask their self. In fact, most humans often forget to ask their SELF anything. Maybe that is because some humans do not know, yet, that “there” is a difference between their “self” and their “SELF.” For us birds, our self is our bird body, and our SELF is our Flock!
 
We birds have noticed that many humans do not have large flocks like we do. Our “flock” is what reminds us all if it is time to fly away and find another place to land. If that place is safe, we can stay in that place for a very long time. 
 
Fortunately, our flock also talks to all of us at the same time about the same thing. Therefore, we birds can feel more safe because we are ALL looking out for ALL of us at the same time. So, who is the “we?”
 
“We” are OUR FLOCK! As a flock we find the safe places where to perch, and the places that we must all fly away from at the exact same time. Then, we all gather together again in another safe place.  If it is really safe, we can find our food on the ground. But, sometimes the ground is NOT safe, so we gather in trees. 
 
Yes, sometimes we birds “peck” at each other, just like humans peck at each other.  However, we use our beaks and our bird calls and humans use there words, and they often “peck at each other” as well. Humans seem to get along with each other sometimes, but sometimes they come from very different flocks and they cannot get along.
 
Of course, us birds have different flocks of different kinds of birds, so sometimes we get along with the other birds, and sometimes we even fight with the others birds, usually by pecking at each other.  We birds do notice that humans often “peck at each other,” but they use words instead of beaks. 
 
However, sometimes humans fight with each other. They do not have wings to fly away like we do, but they do leave each other when they no longer want to be together. On thing this differentiations between us birds and humans, is that most of us have a flock. 
 
On the other hand, some of us birds like to hunt alone, whereas others like to hunt with their flock. So, maybe us birds are not that different from humans. Except, humans do not have the ability to fly unless they go into one of those big houses in the sky. We birds know to not get in the way of one of those flying bird nests, as they are very big. 
 
Our answer is very easy. “We are our Flock. “Why do you humans confuse yourselves by asking too many question. Being a bird is quite simple. When we are hungry, we eat!  When we are tired, we sleep,
and when we we allow our “bird instincts” to tell us where we are going, and how we will get there by following our “bird instincts.”
 
We birds are happy to say that the answer to “Who are you?” is, “We are OUR Flock!
 
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?
 
We birds have to say that many, in fact far too many, of us birds have been in what humans call a “fire zone”  We birds do NOT like being in a fire zone, but there are soooo many fires that sometimes we cannot fly fast enough to get away from what the humans call a “fire.” 
 
This fire, in fact there are many, many, far toooo many fires.  Some of us birds cannot get away fro the fire and those of us who could escape the fires had to watch some of the members of their flock to “burn up inside the fire.”
 
This burning inside the fire is killing many of our flock members, and it is also burning up many of the wonderful trees that have always been our homes! Therefore, we birds are feel VERY, VERY SAD. There have been many humans who have tried to save these trees, as well as the birds that have lived there, but some of the humans also get too close to the fires.  
 
We birds do NOT like the fires. But we have seen that the humans are much nicer and stronger than we ever thought before. These humans are gathering in their human flocks and trying to make the big fires get smaller and smaller. However, just as soon as the fire gets a bit smaller, something happens to the fire to make it get bigger and bigger.
 
We birds, never trusted humans too much, but now we are very happy to have the humans assist us to keep our nests in our trees. However, some humans seem to fall down and other humans need to help them because the fires hurt the humans just like the fire hurt the trees. 
 
Therefore, we birds, as well as the trees and the humans, have NOT been doing very well. It has been very difficult and frightening to see our wonderful forest homes burn down and many of our wonderful forest friend also get lost in the fires.  We see them in the woods, and then, suddenly they are gone.  
 
We do not know where the trees, the animals and even some humans have gone, but we, the members of the forest hope that they will all be fine. But, we somehow know that many of the forest places where we used to live, and the forest friends that we used to have are forever gone!
 
We see that there are big silver things in the sky that drop down a dust that is red like the sky that used to be blue, which is now red, or gray, and everything is dying from the fire. Our forest home is dying and we can’t do anything to stop that.  We see hat many humans are helping us as much as they can.
 
Some humans even fly in the sky like huge silver birds, and drop down something that is like a red power. Some times that works, but sometimes the birds, the trees, the deers, the rabbits and all of our other forest friends are dying.  
 
HOW HAVE WE BEEN? 
 
We, all the members of the forest and the wonderful humans who are helping to save the forest have not yet been able to stop all the many fires. It has been very, very, frightening in our forest, and very, very, dangerous in our forest.   
 
Therefore, we have been very frightened, sad, and proud of all the brave humans who have been trying to make the fire go away. But, even the huge silver birds (planes) that fly fare above us and drop the colored dust, still cannot make the fire go away.
 
 
WHERE ARE WE GOING? 
 
   We FEAR we are going away from our forest, maybe forever?

PLEASE DEAR HUMANS,

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP US?

 

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