Do you remember the little chick from the last post? I am very sorry to say he didn't make it. Our best efforts could not stoke the spark of life; we hiked into the woods tonight to bury him.
We had a conversation about birth and what miracle it is when everything comes together just so to form a healthy thriving baby and that sometimes, despite our best efforts, that fragile life slips away. What a gift it is for children to spend time with animals, It gives us an opportunity to talk about the biggest topics of life...to feel them and digest them.
As a child I had special prayer that I always recited when I laid an animal to rest, here it is -
Dear nature, hear and bless
Thy beasts and singing birds:
And guard with tenderness
small things that have no words.