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There was an anecdote on Sir Winston Churchill about Dead Birds. It goes, While sitting on a platform waiting to speak, the seventy-eight-year-old Churchill was handed a note by an aide. Churchill glanced at the message, which advised, "Prime Minister—your fly is unbuttoned." Churchill then scrawled on the bottom of the note and passed it back.
It read, "Never fear. Dead birds do not drop out of nests."
One of the most beautiful sounds Spring gives are the chirping of the birds. As I'm writing this, a bird is merrily singing perched over my home office window. You would've asked where they went during the 3 months of winter and how they knew that it was already Spring.
There's only migration as a sole reason.
We've heard of the Blackpoll Warbler, which makes a non-stop, overwater migration of more than 2,300 miles lasting 80 hours from nesting sites in southern Canada to wintering grounds in South America. This is one of the longest non-stop flights of any small bird. The Blackpoll Warbler may travel up 10,000 miles roundtrip in one year! Then they come back to their nesting sites.
This is the same as to some if not majority of migrants' plight. We, Filipinos, are the modern day "wandering Jews". We are now - everywhere. We too are like migrating birds as we seek where there's plenty of food and go back to our breeding grounds when supply is scarce.
But how do we go back to our beloved Philippines (' read the news today?) when we know the supply can never run out where we are. Our migration to Canada was not really a result of rolling a dice or shooting a dart and choosing where we should go by following the blowing wind. It took us 4 years to reassure ourselves that we made the right decision. And even while we were here already, another year, to realize that it was right.
In my life, I have only taken a few chances. I know now that the wrong choice of a barber would mean 21-days to grow back my slightly skewed hair, or the wrong choice of a toothpaste from the Dollar Store would mean $1 worth of chalk-tasting fluoride when the usual brand was about to go on sale for $ 0.79 in 2 days time.
I never really make bigger chances in life, and when I do I stand by it and never regret it.
I was writing this piece, while on another laptop I was finishing off my tax preparation. Wow!!! It really is a "huge" chunk of what I earned last year. But come to think of it, I was paying the same 26%, even higher of what I earn back in the Philippines. I wont even go to comparing what is provided back in Social Services.
Sweet lemons. Is that what they call it? or we're just happy campers and are contented and happy where we are?
Someone took a chance on Memento and nominated it to this year's Philippine Blog Awards. If you also love taking chances or just a fan of great images and mementos of my everyday life - then what are you waiting for? - vote now. hahaha.