How the raven got his black feathers and deep raspy song:
One day about 6 years ago, with my two oldest boybots. I was watching a show that shares African tales about animals and how they got their features. I loved the show! Well the story of the Raven came on and I sat watching it just as enthralled as the boys. Here's Raven's story:
The raven was once admired as the most beautiful bird in the forest, complete with a graceful singing voice. His feathers were bright and bold and shiny, all of the colors of the forest displayed proudly. He would sing exquisite songs to the jungle community every day. He was also well loved and admired. One day their peaceful life was interrupted by a large forest fire. It was so hot and grand that it ate the forest right up. The animals fled to safety but a whole group became trapped. Only a bird could make it in because of the fire covering the ground. Raven volunteered immediately. Raven flew tirelessly in and out of the flames and smoke, saving every single one of the animals. He was so brave and selfless. However, because of his heroic task in the heavy smoke the colors were gone from his feathers and when he tried to speak to his friends a rough caw crept out. The smoke had taken what he loved about himself. His voice lost it's sweetness and instead was rough and raw. And it's said that is how the Raven became the stoic creature we know today.
I loved the show. But I really loved the story. It stuck with me and grew my love for our feathered friends even more. I've always loved birds. I had a huge rooster collection at one time. I love peacocks, sparrows, cranes, owls, etc.; I dream of someday seeing the Nebraska sandhill cranes when they cruise in. I sit and watch cardinals in my yard, they remind me of my grandpa. Hawks mesmerize me. I have a peacock, a peacock feather, three little blackbirds, and a raven skull tattooed on me. My husband calls me Birdie.
The Raven was willing to give up what seems to be greatly desired for the safety of his friends, for their well being, based solely on love. All I truly want in my life is for the boys to have a life that's as natural, loving, happy and healthy as I am capable of providing. I want to love like Raven. And to love beyond myself. I want my life's work to do the same.