A few months ago, I was on one of my daily walks through nature at a local park with a friend of mine, taking advantage of being able to walk, because
I was anticipating the surgery that I just had on the 28th of September on my ankle (I had lateral ligament reconstruction with internabrace) because
I completely tore my anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) about eight years ago, back when I used to overexercise via running every day (and I have to
be totally non-weight bearing for six weeks which totally sucks. but, crutches are fun!
) Anyway, on the day in question, the sun was shining,
the birds were singing, and it was a lovely day. As we continued along the trail, suddenly a red-breasted robin comes swooping down from the trees and
dive-bombs my head. But instead of whacking me--it gently caresses the top of my head and hair with its wings.
My first reaction was that it felt nice. It sent a pleasant shiver down my spine--similar to when someone plays with your hair (which I am very
partial to). My next was shock--and, being the silly neat-freak that I am, I began hoping that it didn't give me mites or something like that
My final reaction was relief that it had not pooped on me
Well, I think it goes without saying but, I don't think that getting touched by wild birds is very common. Or, at least, I have never been touched by
a wild bird before.
I've always liked robins--and I associate them with feelings of peace and happiness. My grandmother (who is from Mexico--but was also a U.S. Citizen
and moved back to Mexico where she lived out the remainder of her life) was very fond of birds--her favorite was the cardinal. She had a cardinal--and
a robin--and some bluejays and bluebirds (yes, it is legal to own them in Mexico) and whenever I visited her house, they would always sing this
beautiful song that I'll never forget.
This robin thing happened during a time in my life when I had just been getting over a period of great stress. I had been dealing with my mom just
getting done with her treatment for breast cancer (she is in remission and is doing great, by the way). I had been so stressed out after she was
diagnosed that I actually began losing my own hair and was diagnosed with telogen effluvium (I am 24 by the way). Obviously, this was quite a
traumatic experience for me and I spent quite a long time being isolated because I was so embarrassed about how hideous my hair looked. I am very
lucky that I had the means and ability to spend so much time in hiding waiting for my hair to grow back--but that, combined with my mom's
illness--really took a toll on me and I had been feeling incredibly anxious. Anyway, I had been using women's Rogaine at the behest of my doctor in
order to jump start my follicles and reverse the temporary hair loss. So, my hair was growing back (and is continuing to do so at the moment--oddly
enough I don't think that my hair has ever been so thick) and I was finally getting up the courage to go outside again. My isolation was really weird
because I'm an ENTJ by nature.
Well, I've done some research about birds and the Native American meanings behind them and the 'medicine' they believe that each animal has. But I
can't seem to find anything specific referring to a bird touching one's head with its wingtips.
Of course, it could mean absolutely nothing. And I don't think it has any great meaning or anything--but, it make me smile--and it was a novel and
positive experience for me, personally. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas or information regarding robins in this type of situation.
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