Doves---the love birds Jan Krier
by Jan Krier
(San Marcos, Ca USA)
DOVES, The love birds
Last summer on July 4th my family was gathered at my home. My oldest son had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and was treated with radiation and chemotherapy and scheduled for surgery to remove the diseased part and reconstruct the esophagus. We were suffering from the trauma of it all when I noticed a large nest being built on the patio right near my back door. We had planned a BBQ right under where the nest was and were concerned it would frighten the birds who had been alternating sitting on the nest,night and day for two weeks. On that day we noticed parts of egg shells on the patio floor. As if in celebration of the Fourth of July two little birds were hatched that day. We watched as the parents lovingly cared for them and it gave us all something to smile about for the next two weeks when Dan had the surgery. Pictures were taken every day and it was amazing to see how fast they grew until they were so big they were almost falling out of the nest. Fourteen days later we returned home from visiting my son after his successful surgery to discover the nest empty, the birds had all flown away. After thinking about it I believe God had sent those birds to help and I truly missed watching them. I did not have the heart to remove the nest so it was still there on the patio when two doves moved in a few days ago. This has been one of the nicest gifts I have ever received and I thank God every day for it.
Thank you Jan for sharing your touching story.
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