A Nature Essay by Joy DeKok
They came together, and at first, she let him eat. A few minutes later, they changed places, and he watched over her while she ate.
As I talked to her, she relaxed her crest. It was a compliment of sorts. Her eyes showed no fear – even when I shifted positions.
A few minutes into our time together, another female cardinal showed up and settled near the male. She moved closer to him, and it seemed to me she was flirting with him. He kept his eyes on the lady he came with. I liked him for that.
The newcomer fluffed her feathers ever so slightly the way a woman might her hair. I watched him, but he seemed not to notice. I liked him a little more.
Not a quitter, the late arrival moved closer. He kept his gaze on lady number one. My respect for him grew.
Then, the one he came took flight, offering him a gentle call.
Without a moment of hesitation, he rose into the air and followed her song.
I liked him very much for that.
He reminded me of Jonathan. My beloved. Although I’ve seen others fluff and flirt, he has faithfully kept his eyes and heart on me. All these years, he has lovingly heard and followed the song of my heart.
I love this about him.
Until Next Time,