Like many others, I am more engaged in this presidential campaign year than I have ever been before. I won’t start a whole debate about who is the best prospect we have because I know this year people have very strong feelings one way or another. Nor will I point fingers at the people who have “played dirty” in their campaigns. There certainly is plenty of that.
In the midst of all the upheaval and strife in this campaign, I was so moved that one of God’s little messengers, in the form of a little yellow-green bird, that visited Bernie Sanders’ podium on Good Friday. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a minute and watch:
I have watched this video many times, and I am touched by it every time — the delight in Bernie’s face, the crowd’s reaction, and the miracle of that little bird hopping up on the sign that said, “A Future to Believe In.” It may not seem like a miracle, but this was a huge stadium, and that bird had to first of all find its way into the stadium, and then in that huge place, it could have perched anywhere, but it decided to perch on Bernie’s podium. How amazing is that?
Because I love birds, I wanted to identify the kind of bird it was. I didn’t recognize it, so I figured it had to be a bird they have out west, but not here in the east. A birder from Portland would know best. However, I think it is a female lesser goldfinch. Here is a page that has photos of lesser goldfinches. The second one down in the right-hand column is the one that convinced me. What do you think?
Regardless of the species, I love Bernie’s reaction, and the symbolism he took from it. Some people in his position (myself included) might have seen it as a confirmation that the campaign is on the right track, and perhaps a message for future success. But Bernie didn’t do that… he saw it as a bird asking for world peace. How much more profound is that?
I know that this bird has become an internet phenomenon and that Bernie’s campaign has used the image of the bird to advance the campaign. And I also know about the film “Put a Bird on It” that was about Portland. For me, this all detracts from a nearly-spiritual and certainly a transcending moment in this presidential campaign. It is a moment of relief in the tumult and unrest we’ve been experiencing in this year’s race (sometimes more like a rat race) for president. A week later, I am still grateful to that little bird.
On a different note, I have received phone calls from several people who would like to take up my offer for getting a free copy of Bonnet Strings. Because I know there could be more people wanting to receive this deal, I am extending the offer until April 30. When you buy one book (either Why I Left the Amish or Bonnet Strings), I will send you a copy of Bonnet Strings for free. You can order online or send in my order form with a check. Please let me know to whom you would like to have the books inscribed. I usually send out the orders the day after I receive them.
Happy Spring to all!