A Chick is my Teacher!
What happens when you let a baby pigeon and a Chick of a brown hen live together? You get to learn something amazing from the Chick.
Two weeks back, we found the two baby birds abandoned near a farmhouse. We brought them in and offered them feed and water. Chick went pecking right away, but the pigeon refused. Well, actually he didn’t refuse; it’s just that he didn’t know how to pick grain from a bowl. So we had to feed a number of times every day. It was interesting to see a pigeon three times bigger than Chick screaming for help, while Chick was pecking actively nearby.
Last Sunday morning, as usual, the pigeon starting calling for assistance. But before anyone of us could get to him, we noticed the tone of pigeon’s voice change as if someone was feeding him. We quickly went out to find out. It was Chick. She had a grain at the tip of her beak, and the pigeon was about to grab it.
Two days later Chick showed us what else she could do, as she started making that ‘food call’ to attract the pigeon towards a grain laying on the ground. She pointed at it with her beak and instructed her ‘friend’ to eat it. But the pigeon was not getting the hint. With his wings wide open, he kept bringing his beak closer to hers in search of grain. But the Chick didn’t give up. It took her three days to teach the pigeon how to peck. It’s nice to see the two friends eating from the same bowl now.
For teachers, there are two lessons to learn from this:
- Teach children how to face the challenges of an independent life.
- The size and weight are not the only criteria to evaluate the inner strength of a child.
Do you have someone in nature that helps you learn lessons of life? Kindly share the name of your ‘Nature Teacher’ in the comment box below.