• Jenny Lynn Keller

What the Feathers?


Talk about nosy neighbors, I have a few. Like the time I turned around to see what was making so much noise and found a raccoon staring at me through the window. Critters roaming the woods where I live, not unusual. One of them climbing onto the roof to peek in my second floor bathroom is a little disconcerting, especially at night when he’s wearing a black mask. And Rocky the Raccoon is not the only peeping tom to pay me a visit. Most summer days I’m spied on by at least one hummingbird checking out what’s going on inside my red-trimmed windows. During the winter, several red feathery friends get downright frustrated I’m harboring competitors inside my house, or so they think. I reckon male cardinals are territorial, and centuries of bird instinct take over when they see their reflection in my windows. Thank goodness for double-paned tempered glass because several guys have pecked the dickens out of their mirror images. Gives me a headache just thinking about the impact that much tapping has on their beaks . . . maybe the origin of the word birdbrain for all I know.


A glance at social media confirms critters aren’t the only ones up to crazy antics. I don’t know about you, but every birthday gives me one more try at maturity. Remembering Proverbs 3:13-14 helps. “Blessed is the one who has found wisdom and obtains understanding. For their benefit is more profitable than silver, and their gain is better than gold.”


Care to share one of your interactive moments with a critter?

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