June 17, 2014
A little hawk has finally succeeded in climbing up to the nest rim, and here he is!! There's no stopping him now!
I was amused to observe that the young hawk does not look quite so helpless as a hatchling might. As a matter of fact, he has the look of a little "tough guy" about him.
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Something about the little hawk made me think of my Dad and the stories told about his youth. When Dad was only a child, he worked as a "news butch" on a passenger train, selling newspapers and sandwiches to the travelers. He kept a jar of mayonnaise on the train, and when they reached the first stop, he would run out to a market and buy fresh bread and bananas. His banana sandwiches were big sellers! As he grew older, Dad became a telegraph boy, and rode a bicycle everywhere! He eventually became an endurance athlete and held a record for the world's longest non-stop bicycle ride.
So, thank you, little hawk, for bringing me such pleasant memories of the stories I have heard about my father's youth. I shall call you Butch, in my Dad's honor!
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