Back in May I opened the front door and surprised three baby birds on our front walk whose parents were teaching to fly. When the door opened, the adult birds swooped across the babies and two of them flew away, but this little bird sat looking at me with those “I can’t do it” eyes.

After I captured this image, I stepped back in the house and the adult birds kept swooping over it in an attempt to get it to fly. It tried several times, but couldn’t get more than a few inches off the ground. I closed the door when it was in the grass just sitting there.

Patty Griffin said, “There’s things you don’t know you know”. I think the bird knew how to fly, but didn’t know it knew how to fly.

On the other hand, sometimes there are things we know and wish we didn’t know and there are things we know we could know, but turn away because we don’t want to know.

This was one of the few times I didn’t want to know. You know?

The next day they were all gone so I knocked the mud nest down. When it fell there were two perfectly formed, feathered babies sitting upright in the nest, but dead.

That was one of the things I knew that I wish I didn’t know. You know?