Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 199 - Molly and McGee - The Barn Owls and Toni

There is a line in a song by James Taylor that says, "The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time." It's true.  Often times couples who have been together for a long time know each other better than one knows oneself.  I've often heard of an elderly couple who die within days of each other.  The heartache is surely the reason for the living spouse or partner's death.  Its too hard to go out and meet someone who has experienced this passage of years of time and "tell" them in a few short months who you really are.


Owlet Clutch
As you know most birds are monogamous and owl that showed  up in our owl box left only after one week.  I wonder if he was looking for a mate and couldn't find one here.  But I have stumbled upon another way to watch an owl live on, click on the link and you can watch this couple too. This is Molly and McGee. They have had four clutches of owlets.  I've enjoyed watching them.  Molly is the orange splotchy ffrontace and McGee has the white frong.  They are barn owls and a couple in San Marco have put cameras in and outside of their owl box so that we can see them. They also save the videos in case you missed sometime and you can go back and fast forward through the video to see what you missed.  Most of the time, they are sleeping and scratching.  But there are times when you have to be able to grit your teeth and watch as they are "hork" up pellets of bones from the prey they ate the previous night.

Recently in the local news a city employee had defriended all her Facebook friends and got on a bike without her cell phone and disappeared.  She was depressed.  My friend is one of her friends.  Toni is her name and had been missing for two days.  This was the second time Toni had done this.  She had recently lost her partner and was devastated.  The first time, she wrote on her legs, The Pain is unbearable and Stop the pain.  It is true the pain from loss is the hardest to go through.  It isn't something you can make stop, it has to be endured like the Buddhists tell us. 

Life hands us times where we need to just stand, to endure the pain. Most of the time, we sit around and scratch and preen.  Nothing to see really.  But its nice to have a mate to do it with.  The true meaning of friendship....just being there for one another.  Toni was found disoriented and wandering aimlessly along the road by a stranger.  She is in the hospital now and my friend has been able to talk with her friend.  Hopefully Toni will know now that the secret of life is sharing the passage of time, with real friends....the ones who have been looking for her, waiting for her and praying for her.

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