Monday, June 9, 2014

Mother Nature Always Wins!

For the past several years, barn swallows have nested on the ceiling fan motor on our back porch.  We, of course, thought this was quaint and cute until we came home to a 4-foot long garden snake extended from the top of one of the Adirondack chairs in an effort to get to the nest.  We removed the snake, and let the little fledglings leave of their own accord.  Over the winter, we removed the nest.

This spring, at the first sight of the swooping barn swallows, I turned on the ceiling fan in a effort to dissuade nesting (barn swallows do reuse nests).  I was congratulating myself on my cleverness until I followed one particular swallow as it swooped into the porch.

Yes, they nested on the porch again--by building a nest in the corner instead of on the ceiling fan motor.

It's an important lesson for me since I think I can control anything.  But the chirping immediately outside the window reminds me:  despite all my efforts, in the end, Mother Nature always wins.

So, it's up to me to play by her rules.  I may not win, but I'll stay in the game longer.

What about you?  How are you living your Savory life?


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