As the end of summer draws near, I’ve found myself spending more time watching out the window at one of the hummingbirds that makes its summer home here.
Though it seems as if it was only yesterday that they started arriving, they will all be heading south to their winter homes over the next couple of weeks. Soon it will be time to say goodbye.
Goodbyes can be hard. Whether it’s a childhood friend moving away, a close co-worker moving on to another job, or the loss of a loved one, it almost always creates a sense of worry, of confusion, of fear. How will things be different? What happens now? What will I do?
Today, watching this hummingbird through the window, I was reminded of all of the goodbyes I have said over my many years… and the ones that are still left to be said… and I drew inspiration from this tiny creature buzzing outside the window.
Saying goodbye to it will be hard, but it is moving on to a better place. If it stayed, it would likely not survive. It is moving on because it is the best thing for it to do (Not that it’s concerned with my thoughts, anyway ). Knowing that its life, and perhaps happiness – if birds experience such a thing – will be better served by saying goodbye, then I should try to say goodbye with a smile. Wish it the very best in wherever its travels take it. And just know that everything is going to be ok.
I decided I should try to get a photo of this particular bird as a reminder of this. I was hoping for something a bit more impressive – but this will have to do.