May 14, 2021

Ah, that first sip of my morning coffee is magic. Thank you, coffee gods, my day has officially begun.


Two days ago, I walked into my back patio and noticed that the back door was open. No biggie, but it bugs me when flies or mosquitoes help themselves inside – or most improbably -- a bird.


So, when I stepped inside, what did I encounter? A bird! It was brown and looked like a young sparrow.



Oh no! This has never happened in the 35 years we have lived in the foothills. “There’s a bird in the house!” I yelled to Louie as he worked at his desk. I had hoped it would be easier to get a bird out than a fly or mosquito.


After it fluttered around the kitchen, it went into the hallway. Good thing because the door leading to the living room was closed. It immediately flew back into the kitchen and, seeming to know the way out, it flew towards the now-closed back door. I quickly went into the mud room and saw it sitting on the shutter door of the water heater closet that had an opening at the top – as if waiting for me to open the back door. I opened it, and out it flew.


That was exciting…


After a few minutes I asked Louie if a bird flying into a house is a sign of good luck. He surely didn’t know, so I looked it up.


Indeed, it is. Audubon California’s list of bird superstitions says that, “A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message.”


The color and type of bird flying into a house also matters. In some cultures, a white bird represents ill health or death.


We were in luck with the sparrow. It is said that sparrows are associated with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, goddess of love and fertility. All homes should be so blessed!


And to make matters better, flight direction of the bird has meaning, too. Coming from the north suggests that you better check on your financial status. From the south indicates rejuvenation and conquering obstacles. From the west is a reminder that “you are letting your emotions get the better of you.” For us, the sparrow flew in from the east – bringing a message that inspiration is on the way. We’ll take it.


And behold, we received great news from the CDC yesterday that fully vaccinated Americans “…can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.” No need to wear masks. No need to social distance, “…except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”


It has been over a year that I have been writing my coronavirus diary. Never had I imagined that we would be celebrating a new beginning so soon. I am grateful knowing that my family is amongst the vaccinated. If vaccinations can continue at the same pace beyond our shores, imagine where the world can be by the end of 2021.


This news was the inspirational message the sparrow was foretelling.


"When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC"

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html



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