We awoke this morning to an amazing home made breakfast in a delightful country home in Waxahatchie, Texas this morning. Our hostess was incredibly hospitable and charming and the fresh air, dogs, cats and horses begged for my daughter’s absolute attention.
Animals of all kinds fascinate her. She has always been more interested in their interactions than with human goings on. So it was no surprise to me that she begged me not to drive another inch when we turned right onto a residential street later that day.
Just as we turned we witnessed the grand swooping of a gigantic hawk into a small suburban tree. It was only then that we saw the reason for his decent: a small, unsuspecting squirrel leapt out from under his talons at the last moment and dove for a tree a foot away.
For the next several minutes the squirrel and hawk had an old time western style standoff. The hawk would dart and the squirrel would jump. And then they’d stare at each other before the hawk would dart again.
My kids were fascinated. I prayed (for the sake of my daughter’s soft heart) that the hawk would lose.
After this desperate, life and death game continued for some minutes we noticed an additional element: blue jays.
A group of five or six blue jays began to taunt and peck at the hawk, who was obviously much larger and stronger than they. The hawk seemed downright annoyed. And the more annoyed the hawk became, the louder the blue jays grew.
Eventually the hawk decided the squirrel wasn’t worth all the trouble and flew away to look for something easier.
This picture was fresh on my mind when I went to share a lovely lunch with the midwives of the Edenway Birth Center in Cleburne. One of the midwives reminded the others about how my story is EXACTLY why midwives need to stick together and be involved in knowing what is going on legislatively in their states. She breathed a grateful sigh for the fact that Texas is so good for midwifery for this very reason. The midwives stay alert and united.
Like the blue jays, they stick up for weaker sisters.
I was grateful to spend time with them and see their birth center. There are a lot of states who could learn a thing or two from how they care for one another.