Reality Bytes

Do you watch Reality TV? We don't. Well, we didn't, but lately we have been glued to the set watching a couple who recently gave birth to twins. Egalitarian is an understatement: both are good providers, excellent at nesting and take equal turns at round-the-clock feeding.


This is not "Survivor," "The Bachelor" or "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." We're talking about bald eagles.


You see, Lucy who owns and runs our local bird store (WBU) shared a link on their FB page more than a week ago from the American Eagle Foundation which has 24 hour live-streaming of new eagle parents and their brood. We were able to witness both eggs "pip", then crack and finally hatch over the course of several days.


We have been able to see up close and personal the constant care of these avian parents; the sibling rivalry; the agility of a behemoth beak cutting away sashimi from a fresh catch and feeding it to gaping mouths; and terrible talons turned into gentle nudgers ushering the eaglets underwing to go "in for the night."


Anthropomorphism, or attributing human qualities to nonhuman creatures, is rife here in this show.


All of which brings me to the thought for today: reality becomes more of a problem when I fight with it. As William Arthur Ward reminds us, "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."


Few could have imagined nor wanted all the issues that COVID-19 has flapped our way. And yet, how ironic is it that being "negative" is wonderful and having a "positive" result keeps us from graduations and weddings.


I'm part optimist (I want COVID-19 to go away soon) but I'm also a realist: to do the best we can with what we have in the way we know best now, not waiting for some idealistic future... which will always have its own issues and reality to deal with.


Jack White writes, "The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher."