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Anne Townsend

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It will jump straight back out

Ava-Santina@AvaSantina (on Twitter) 

Does anyone have any advice for a bird that’s fallen out it’s nest? It’s a baby robin that sounds very distressed.  I’ve given him bread and water but what’s the rules on touching them?! Help

Wildlife Orphanage@WildlifeOrphan1 (on Twitter)

It’s not fallen out of the nest. It’s a fledgling. Birds cannot smell so if you touch it, it won’t be rejected by its parents, which by the way will know exactly where their youngster is & will still be feeding it. Even if put back in the nest, it will jump straight back out.


Thanks to Twitter, which late on Sunday night provided this little parable, I’d like to add, as a fledgling feminist, and a fledgling human, that when I return to people, places, energies and frequencies that I’ve outgrown, I, too, jump straight back out. It is painful but also nourishing to revisit places and people that remind you of what you used to put up with, that jolt you into understanding how toxic you were, how you plumped up on gossip, on baiting, on canoodling with the very energies that now churn your gut.

I haven’t fallen, I flew. I may have to fly a few times before I get it right.

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