Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"

   

   FAX OF

      LIFE

 

 

The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

December 7, 1997                                                                      Vol. 3,   No. 10

 

Song of the Bird

 

A man found an eagle's egg and put it in the nest of a barnyard hen. The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and crackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet in the air.

 

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in a graceful majesty among powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings. The old eagle

looked up in awe.

 

"Who's that?" he asked.

 

"That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor. "He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth -- we're chickens."

 

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that's what he thought he was.

 

                                                      ---  Anthony DeMello

 

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