Word and Image

Amelia’s descendents

My daughter had a window box for flowers in her bedroom on the fifth floor in bright sunlight. (quite a string of prepositions) Needless to say we never had any plants because we could never remember to water. One spring day Julia opened her shade to find ‘Amelia’ dove sitting in the box with a nest and two eggs. Julia had a penchant for naming her stuffed animals, etc. Amelia and her mate hatched at least one or two more broods that spring. We tried not to disturb the doves. But they didn’t seem to mind David’s and Julia’s curious faces on the other side of the window glass. Somehow Amelia knew her nest was safe. Well, who knew? Early one morning a few years later, there on the roof top deck, was a family reunion of doves. I would estimate about twenty or more doves peacefully standing, sitting, roosting about on the fence, table, and chairs. It was pretty amazing to see them all just hanging out.


8 responses

  1. What a fantastic story, and perfect for Thanksgiving! Happy Thankgiving – have a wonderful one.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

    • Thanks. And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well.

      November 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  2. Before I started my traveling life, I lived in a second story condo in Houston, Texas. I had a tiny deck I filled with plants. One evening I started to water one of my hanging plants and found a dove sitting on eggs. I had to carefully water my plant while she sat on her eggs and successfully fledged two young. It’s always wonderful when animals share their lives with us.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

    • It was special, and more so because the kids (birds) stayed close to home.

      November 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  3. Just to show that nature are attracted to kindness. Great story, Victor. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    November 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  4. I enjoyed this story too. Doves are such peaceful creatures and it is so nice they came back to roost. It really must have been nice to see them nesting too.

    November 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    • It was amazing to see the reunion. Ordinarily we hardly see doves. Pigeon are plentiful. But as soon as I saw this gathering, I knew the genesis.

      November 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.