posted on May 18, 2012 08:24
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.