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Thursday, June 22, 2006

BT - flight

Beach trip – 2 – Small planes fly slowly along the beach on a fairly regular basis, towing signs that advertise different places of business in the area. One of the planes was towing a sign that was of a different nature. It was meant to promote romance and a possible future relationship – in large letters on the towed sign it said, “Will you marry me Ashley”. It bothers me just a little that I may never know Ashley’s response, but hopefully it worked out for the best in their lives.

Not by any stretch of the imagination could I be considered a ‘beach person’, mostly because I am very fair of skin – and sun exposure has caused unwanted skin growths. Many of these have already had to be removed and now my dermatologist and I both agree that I should stay out of the sun as much as possible. This having been said, I still like to walk on the sand in the cooler parts of the day.

There is a freshwater stream that flows alongside this building from the marshy area across the road from the condo. The stream is enclosed in a culvert out to the edge of the beach and its water is a steady flow across the sand and into the ocean. Many birds patrol this stream for minnows, a few small crabs and whatever else they might consider food.

The species that ply this waterway are gulls, terns, a few pigeons and a dark brown, medium sized bird that looks like a distant cousin to the crow family. Two of these birds were down by the stream, one was hunting for food and the other was fluffing out its feathers and doing a funny little bobbing dance.

The first one must have been a female and the second a male. After the dance started, the female promptly flew off with the male in pursuit. When she landed, he would land as well and start doing his dance. This was repeated as far as I could see them down the beach. It was as if she was saying – ‘I don’t have time to watch you perform now, I’m busy.’

Not exactly a parallel but it did remind me that God is never too busy to hear us – no matter how trivial or trifling the matter that concerns us might be. ec


Blogger adannells said...

When we go to the beach in Southern California there are always those plains flying overhead with the banners. I have seen lots of different kinds. There have been political ones. Ones advertising pizza. And ones advertising events on the beach. I have yet to see a proposal though. That would be frustrating not to know what her answer was. Maybe this summer I will get to see one of those. :)

6/22/2006 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger adannells said...

Oh, I meant "planes" not "plains". LOL! :)

6/22/2006 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

adannells - Proposals have been made in any number of novel ways, but I think that was the first one I have seen on a banner pulled by a plane. ec

6/22/2006 09:20:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

WE have them around here too and even once in a while a skywriter. Remember them?

Thanks for comment. Ray's latest problem apparently has to do with two discs in his upper spinal area. They could be causing the pain, dizziness, etc.

More tomorrow when the specialists gather.

Adannells - you do the same kind of typo as I. I'm thinking of one homonym while typing the other. There, their, they're is my favorite.

Spell check isn't smart enough to know the difference and I don't always catch it until two late.

6/23/2006 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

I do enjoy watching the courting rituals of the pigeons here. They nuzzle and coo, and the male puts on such a dear performance. When they fly off together, I wish them all the best raising their family.

I've also filmed all of this, on the pier at sunset, with the deep light glinting off their feathers, and the closeup focus of their little eyes and feet. At that time of day they've probably danced many times in the ritual of courtship.

6/23/2006 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I wonder if the lady has to hire a plane to respond?

6/23/2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - I do remember the skywriters - and it seems like they wrote proposals on occasion as well.

bonita - One can observe dancing rituals in humans as well - I think the birds are much better at these than the awkward humans. :)

AC - If so would she use a plain plane or an unplain plane to ex-plain or maybe use a skydiver to de-plane the plane. ec

6/24/2006 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger country-gospel-singer said...

Miracles are wonderful; but for God to care so much about the small things in my life is just amazing!! Blessings, Janie Marie

6/25/2006 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

CGS - There are so many of these small things God made for us to enjoy - if we just take the time to notice. ec

6/26/2006 10:59:00 AM  

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