What has astounded me is how friendly the chickens are and when they are loose they gravitate towards any person that is there and show absolutely no fear, it is remarkable to watch. I saw my son lay on the ground with the three chickens all around him, and it was a truly beautiful sight.
To be around animals that have had such a rough start to their lives; they completely drop that past and are full of life. Each new experience they seem to drink up: they dig in the dirt and the stones, they pull up worms and eat any slugs they find. All of the above would never have been part of their lives until the moment they came out of the cage, yet instinct and joy for life show them the way. They are an inspiration and also bring out that zest for life in those around them.
So when things for us parents get too big, when we feel swamped by doing and being – being responsible, being the carer, doing the school run and feeling trapped in a routine – let’s think of those who have really been in cages. Their gift to us all is showing us that once they step out of the cage, they are truly free. May we all do the same, set ourselves free and relish every moment of our lives. For in the relishing of our own lives we inspire others to do the same, just like three chickens with hardly any feathers, but a whole lot of spirit!
May we all feel the wind, smell the flowers, let the rain dance on our skin. Our children already do this; let us remember. For in regaining our own wonder of this world we will help our children preserve theirs.
Sally Saint is a mother to an amazing 7 year old son, woman, healer, artist, walker of this path of life. She is passionate about natural parenting as it is in line with parenting from the heart. Her life has given her many experiences and she wishes to share and support others on this path. Her website is www.sallysaint.co.uk.