It was kind of a birding weekend, last weekend. We saw plenty of four-legged animals in the Tetons (everything but a bear!) and we saw lots of feathered creatures waiting out what is hopefully the last bits winter... (It is snowing like crazy right now, so maybe the end of winter isn't quite in sight yet....?!)
Have you ever asked people, if they could "come back" as any animal, what animal would they be? A lot of people say some kind of bird, right? I am sure it is the idea of flight...what an amazing kind of freedom that must be... My husband, for example, always answers that he would come back as an eagle...in the United States, of course, as eagles are a national symbol and therefore protected from human predators! It doesn't hurt that eagles live in incredibly beautiful places, like the Grand Teton National Park, or Alaska...either of those places are where he would choose to live!
In any case, thinking about eagles...makes me think about freedom...and makes me think, again, about the Karen people we met, the IDP's of Burma...many of whom have never known freedom... Imagine that, never knowing freedom...in fact, knowing only a life of oppression, terrorism, fear...
Tomorrow I will write more about those amazing people...today I am appreciating my freedom!