…my camera brought to me,
Six cygnets a-swimming.
I identify quite a bit with this swan family.
All of our children have summer birthdays, and we seem to agree that birthdays are to be celebrated with great festivity. The swans celebrate such occasions by taking the whole family on their very first loop around the lake to see all the sights; we celebrate by hosting picnics on the lawn, with doting grandparents, aunts and uncles galore, and plenty of homemade ice cream. Sometimes these celebrations even coincide, and watching them glide gracefully past while we eat birthday cake is almost as entertaining as watching birthday girls in their best dresses get excited about gifts of stuffed puppies and tiny baby dolls.
We both get upset with birds of prey and the other assorted hungry predators who lurk in our neck of the woods when they threaten to eat our cygnets (or chickens). I do wish I could match their gracefulness in expressing my outrage, however. I mean, how much more sophisticated to trumpet and flap powerful snowy white wings then to run out into the yard shouting and flailing your arms? I’m working on that.
We both live on the same lake, and think it’s a wonderful place to raise children. We agree that being near or in the water as much as possible is an excellent way to spend a summer. We both think that sunshine and fresh air is healthy for little ones, and that they should be out in it as much as possible.
Perhaps the most interesting thing we have in common is that we both enjoy foraging for food to eat in the wild. Although, I must admit that other than wild rice, our tastes are somewhat different. They like lily pads. We like saskatoons. Each to their own, of course.
We rejoice together. We identify and call out evil together. We have things in common, but appreciate and respect the beauty of our differences. What does that remind you of? It reminds me of this:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, then make my joy complete by being of one mind, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose.” (Philippians 2:1-2)