Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

So about that spunky little bird


A few of you are wondering, still, what the story is about that spunky little bird you saw in a previous post.

He was a quick little painting to do, all wet paint on wet paint running together. I really liked him, and didn’t mail him off right away, though I did post him on Facebook saying something like “I think he’s ready to fly.” He got a lot of comments, naturally, as he is very very cute.

I considered keeping him, he made me smile so much, but he was created to fly off to a forever home so eventually I scrolled through my address book and chose a place for him to land.

His new mom is a member of my Truck Safety family. Her son and her ex-husband were killed when the car they were in was rear ended by a semi a few years ago. She’s using her unrelenting grief to work with the Truck Safety Coalition as we try to make safety a priority.

I thought of her because she’s spunky too. She’s not a very big person, but she’s so strong and eloquent and unafraid to make waves. She’s just the kind of spark we need and I so appreciate her.

So I wrote a note on the back of the painting saying he reminded me of her and mailed him off. A few days later I received a Facebook message from her, thanking me for the gift of her little bird and telling me this story:

She noticed ‘her’ bird on my Facebook post, and said, aloud, “Oh I want you little bird,” but she didn’t comment on the post. She figured I had made him for someone, and had already decided where he was going.

But she connected with him.

So she squealed when she opened the unexpected envelope and the little bird hopped out. Her husband wanted to know what was up…and she told him I had sent her the bird she’d wanted. He figured she had asked me if she could have him. But she hadn’t.

No, she never commented on him at all, I randomly picked her name out of all the names in my address book. I think this little bird was destined to find his forever home with this mom. I think he was meant to help her her with her unbearable sadness.

And I don’t believe it was a coincidence.

Do you?

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “So about that spunky little bird

  1. Nope, not a coincidence, it was destined to land with her 🙂

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  2. I love it when things happen like this — no, it wasn’t a coincidence. This spunky little bird knew where he was supposed to fly off to! Gorgeous painting — love his plucky expression, and that spiked hair is too cute!

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  3. What a sweet story! Not a coincidence at all. That little bird has found his forever nest.

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  4. No such thing as a coincidence- was meant to be! 😀


  5. Oh, Dawn–I got goosebumps when I read this. The perfect person for this little guy.


  6. That’s a very beautiful painting!

    Pinot & mom


  7. Serendipity


  8. How fabulous! What a lovely story!


  9. Hi, Dawn!

    Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

    I truly believe that everything happens (and does not happen) when it is supposed to. How sweet that the bird watercolor reminded you of your friend, and that she felt a connection to him from your FB post! No coincidence – it was meant to be! 😊


  10. EXCELLENT!! Not a coincidence and was meant to be and I’m so happy you shared how the cutest little bird found it’s home! ❤️


  11. I predict that allowing your spunky bird to fly, will make you smile even more than if you had kept him.


  12. Love the spunky bird and the story of the new owner. I think things like this happen for a reason.


  13. Miracles are real


  14. No coincidence at all. Love this story filled with heart.


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