Keeping Your Family Safe

1. 

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage.  One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes. It was lying statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree with its wings fully extended as if that could offer some sort of protection against the flames. The ranger had been doing this job for a long time and was shocked, as the one thing a ranger never found in the remains of a forest fire is the body of a bird, which could simply fly away without a second’s thought.
  
Intrigued and curious about this eerie sight, he tipped over the bird with a stick. As he did this, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. 
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her (unable to fly) offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. 
Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body but the mother had remained steadfast….because she had been willing to die, so her children, under the cover of her wings, would live.

The ranger took the three chicks to a sanctuary and buried the mother bird on the spot leaving a large wooden cross to mark such incredible bravery. True love does not know fear and no mother could do more for her babies.

2.

Every year I raise a glass to my friend David whose laughter stopped at the age of 17 years.  The reason is clear in this clip, which I find extremely moving.

 

To David:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM

 

 Best to stop this just before it moves on at the end.