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The Mighty Eagle

What is it about the eagle that fascinates all of us?  Is it the shear strength that an eagle possesses? Or the fact that it is so large yet graceful?  It is almost impossible for us not to stop and look up when we see an eagle soaring high above the tree tops.  We all wonder about what it would be like to be as free and unrestricted as this most majestic bird.  

In 1782 the bald eagle was named our national symbol.  Since then a picture of an eagle can represent freedom, independence, and power.  Yet even the mighty eagle started out as a tiny fledgling who depended totally on the tact and tenacity of his parents.

The picture above was taken on the first of a series of four field trips that wrapped up our school year. (Thanks Laura Merkel for picture.)  If you look close enough you can tell that there are babies in the nest.  When we see powerful eagles caring for their young so tenderly, it pulls at our heartstrings and leaves us in a state of awe for God and his wonderful universe.

But even as the eagle parents are providing for the chicks' every need now, someday they will be leaving the nest.  My oldest son, Keith, is graduating from high school this year.  I consider myself a most blessed parent.  He is already involved in a career that he loves, and his employers are amazed at his aptitude.  I've talked him into to taking a few more classes with me next fall.  These won't go towards a college degree, but they will move him up a degree or two in wisdom and character.  

The main purpose for us as parents is not to get a child to lean on or depend on us for their every need, but to create individuals who will become independent and free.  So that someday, they too, can be sovereign and self-determining, and like the eagle can become a great symbol of what it means to live in the United States of America.  

Interesting fact from the Smithsonian National Zoo:  In 1782 when the eagle was named our national symbol, there were between 25,000 and 75,000 of these birds in the lower 48 states.  By 1963 that number dropped to only 417 pairs.  Because of caring people who started conservation efforts their numbers have soared to over 4,450.   That's ten times what it once was.  Remember to do your share to keep America beautiful by becoming a good steward of our earth.

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# russ brown motorcycle
Sunday, June 24, 2012 11:55 PM
For me the bald eagle has always represented youthfulness , passion , courage and a motto "Dare to dream high". It has inspired many of the Americans like me.I feel so proud being part of such an incredible history.
Regards,
Jacob smith
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:52 AM
Ann! So true. It's so shallow minded of christians to hold each other to their individual beliefs and try to place other Christians in sometype of mold. I don't want my life to replicate anyone other than Christ and if I try to fit any other mold than one He has designed for me - it will be like this size 9 shoe wearing girl trying to fit a size 4. :)
Monday, September 17, 2012 3:11 AM
What a beautiful bird, No wonder it's a national symbol of free. Absolutely gorgeous animals they are!
# Joecy Watson
Thursday, September 20, 2012 2:36 AM
Eagle symbolize pride and superiority.Indeed it is a beautiful Bird!
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# crystalduke
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:55 AM
That's true parents is not to get a child to lean on or depend on us for their every need, but to create individuals who will become independent and free.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:23 AM
Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.

Regards,
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# Dean J.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2:26 AM
The eagles have always been a kind of strange attraction for the humans. Soaring high above the earth, utterly unreachable and such things have kept the human mind bound to the eagles as majestic. But even they need care and we must do what it takes to protect them.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:10 AM
The bird eagle represent freedom, independence, and power. Parents only feed till they grow , once they are grown they have to leave their nest and roam for food and shelter.
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