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09:11 am: Slightly Creepy

 So, this morning, my son goes out the door with his father to go to school, and I realize that I have forgotten his lunch. He realizes it to. He calls me from school and asks for the lunch. I throw it together and jump in the car with the Cherubim. (Tornado Two is quietly doing his homework…maybe a first. I should have know right then that something unexpected was up.)

I am driving down the road to the school, which is less than a mile  and a half away (I know this because if it were more than a mile and a half, my son would not need to leave with his father. He would be bussed), and I glance to the right as I cross the creek.

Sitting on the low rail that keeps small children from plunging the twelve feet into the creek are four, giant, gray-headed buzzards. Just sitting there. They are huge.

Now, I am not superstitious, and I don’t believe in omens, and I love all animals!

But I tell you, four enormous vultures sitting right at eye level.

Even I was a bit creeped out.
 

But I now have a whole new appreciation for harpies.




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From:juliet_winters
Date:October 20th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately they love small animals. Might want to keep an eye on the cats.
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From:headnoises
Date:October 20th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
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They really are pretty... impressive... close-up, no?

I remember the first time I got close enough to a bald eagle to realize it was nearly shoulder high on my teenage self. (It was on accident-- I'm not stupid!)
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Wow!

I have seen live bald eagles twice. Both time I was really impressed...and it wasn't even that close.
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From:headnoises
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
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There are advantages to growing up on a ranch-- they clean up the calving fields in the winter.
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From:annafirtree
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
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You don't believe in omens?
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
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LOL

I do believe in omens from God. I don't believe that seeing a wonderful natural creature means bad things are coming. ;-)
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From:annafirtree
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
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So what would God use as an omen to mean bad things are coming?
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I think most omens are personal. They come in the form the person will understand.

Usually, in my life, it comes in the form of a small voice that has warned me.;-)
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From:annafirtree
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
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You don't think he warns us collectively?
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 20th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Not with vultures. ;-) I like vultures.
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From:bojojoti
Date:October 21st, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I can see these birds making an appearance in a future book!
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 21st, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
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They probably will...though now I am picturing the goofy vultures from Jungle Book. ;-)
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