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"It’s all I ever wanted, but now I’m too tired to sing." Whether it was your intention or not, you have given us two important reminders here, Justin: 1.) Pay attention, life is short. and 2.) Our old tired ones need our love before it is too late. Thank you.

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Thank you for reading, Sharron, and for your thoughtful commentary. I wish I could say I had intended both ideas, but I was only thinking about the first one you mentioned. I love your second takeaway. It’s an incredibly important reminder!

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Thank you Justin. I often see things differently now that my mother has died. So many things I wish I had said or done before it was too late. That is why I related it to your sad little bird. It was very touching to me.

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We lost my mother-in-law a few years ago, and we still feel the loss. My wife especially. It’s difficult to move on from the things we wish we said or did differently.

Thanks, my friend!

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Aug 25, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Mom, 92, died at the end of May. She always watched 'the little ones' close-close. My younger brother left existence six weeks earlier. In his way he always was one of the little ones watching. One of our children died too young (in our limited understanding) now 36 years ago. I feel his absence regularly. It is kind of a holy wound (I do not use the word holy glibly or religiously) and so I know I will always carry Mom and A with me as well. Too many dear-dead-dears yes, yes and this is life.

Sharron, I am reminded of the title of Bruce Cockburn's album, 'Life Short; Call Now'. Indeed. Love to you in your loss.

Justin, thank again for your story and for your take-a-ways intended and otherwise. Love to you in your and your wife's loss.

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Thank you so much for the kind words, Owen, for being so thoughtful, and for sharing your story as well. I truly am sorry to hear about your recent losses...sending positive and healing thoughts your way, too. 🙏

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Thank you, Owen. This is so thoughtful of you, so generous to share your story as well. I appreciate the empathy.

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That was my takeaway also!

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Well done, sir. (wipes his eye.) Hit me right here, (Taps heart.)

I always stop and listen to the birds sing and even try to sing back.

They must think I'm insane.

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Thank you, Joseph. Haha, you’re not alone! I do too. I’d really like to know what they think of us, if anything, at all.

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I keep hoping that one of the crows will introduce himself to me.

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Beautiful. Thank you.

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Thanks so much for reading, Ben.

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Aug 21, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Really dig this one, Justin. Beautiful.

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I’m thrilled to hear that, Jonas. Thanks a bunch! 🙏

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I'm not crying. Nope.

Will be listening to my bird friends from now on.

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I have to be honest, Ben: I got a little misty-eyed while writing this one. It rarely happens, but this one brought me there.

Thanks so much for reading!

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It was a pleasure, and you are very welcome.

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Aug 21, 2023·edited Aug 21, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

I love this Justin! One of my favorites, for sure. Thank you for reposting it.

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Thank you for reading, Uncle Scott! I’m really happy you enjoyed this one!

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Aug 21, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

oh my!! tear dripping down

beautiful

truly beautiful

the songs from the air, no

matter what land I am walking on,

always always lighten my heart like a cherished friend does.

Thank you!!!!

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Thank you for reading and for the heartfelt words, Alixandra!

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What a generous gift! Thank you for re-publishing these beautiful words.🌿

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Thank you for reading, Ann, and for the gift you’ve given me in return. I appreciate the kind words! 🙏

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An elegantly gentle rendition of cyclical natural experience between the birds and us, good work Justin! I often have thought when on a walk and pausing in the shade of some trees, treated to the unseen pleasure of bird song, how I would describe it. Usually, I just give up and say the next time I'll bring my field recorder and let the electronics do the heavy lifting ;) But you took on the challenge admirably.

Have a nice week there man.

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Thanks, Chris! It’s very much appreciated! I often wonder the same. This story was born out of one of those experiences. I hope you have a great week as well. 😀

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A lovely story, Justin which struck a chord with me (no pun intended) as I adore birds.

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I really appreciate the kind words, Rosy. Thank you!

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Loved it ! Great idea bringing some of the older posts back for people like me who are new here. Thank you.

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Thank you, Parthiv. Sharron Bassono does an excellent job of this over at her publication. Every once in a blue moon I hope to do the same!

Thanks for reading!

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Words and birds: a moving experience. Gorgeous, Justin!

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Thank you, Amie! 🙏

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Wow! Really enjoyed this. 👍, Justin!

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Really happy to hear that, James! Thank you!

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Great story, thanks for republishing it.

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Thank you for reading, Scott!

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Thanks for bringing this one back for those of us who haven't seen it. Very touching story, Justin.

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Thank you for reading, Jim!

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I love anthropomorphic stories! Thank you Justin.

I came across the word biophilia in some reading this morning and had to look it up.

It seems to fit nicely with your story so I’ll share the definition for the curious:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biophilia

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Thank you for reading and for sharing that definition, 3Muses. I skimmed the information for now, but I’m going to have to do a deep dive soon! There are some interesting ideas in that link worth further exploration, without question!

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