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The First Bird I Saw This Year

January 7, 2013

It was on the afternoon of January 1st. I went outside to take a run after an extensive ebelskiver breakfast. I was underdressed and, as it happened, brimming with spherical pancakes, so I decided to take a brisk walk instead.

On my brisk walk I saw a blue jay. It was hailing a bit at that point, wee scratchy rocks tumbling down from a steely gray sky, and I was surprised to see such a bright hopping creature in the midst of the tumult. Hop, hop, hop down the driveway of the house guarded by a pair of Library Lions. The blue jay was the first animal I’d seen all year.

Maybe it meant something!

I have done a bit of research on bluejays.

They stand for loquaciousness, communication, expression, assertiveness, creativity, confidence, vitality, loyalty, solidarity, and the will to protect.

Other attributes I see are: resourcefulness, fearlessless in regard to protecting loved ones, and the ability to make the best of their environment.

I’ll take it!

Bunny, tiger, octopus, let’s welcome a new totem into the menagerie this year — the blue jay.

Readers: do you have an animal totem?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2013 8:49 pm

    My latest animal obsessions are bunnies and owls. I’m off elephants. Peacocks I’m into as well. Don’t know what it means, but this winter I obsessively got a bunny sweater and 2 owl sweaters!

  2. Heather permalink
    January 8, 2013 12:26 pm

    Blue Jays used to attack Giuseppe. Viciously. They are also not real keen on Jay.

  3. Alana permalink
    January 9, 2013 12:31 pm

    Beautiful. Welcome, blue jay!

  4. January 25, 2013 8:12 am

    I am into sloths. Seriously. They are also very hot on Tumblr, so I can get an endless fix of baby sloths etc. But I love the jay connection! And I NEVER thought of fuzzing up eggwhites with my immersion blender, thanks–glad I checked back in!

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