Defending the Defenseless

I'm walking inside after picking Reese up at the bus stop when I see this on our sidewalk:

It's a bluebird egg.  They've made a nearby nest, and while we're not sure how this one egg ended up out of the nest, it's Reese's top priority to get it back in.

She drops her backpack and sprawls on the sidewalk.  Determined to protect the egg, she cups her hands around it and discusses the best way to save the baby bird inside.

She concocts a plan that involves wearing plastic Ziplock baggies on her hands.  Once ready, she gently rolls the egg into one open palm and returns it to the nest.  If that egg contains a viable baby bird, Reese can be credited with saving its life.

I've noticed this about Reese: deep down, she wants to protect those who can't protect themselves.  She's crazy about our little Kerrington and goes out of her way to guard her from harm.  (Unfortunately, this doesn't carry over to her relationship with Brooke, the middle child, who must appear as if she can protect herself.  She's fair game.)

Others have noticed this trait in Reese as well. Last week I visited her school for a picnic lunch.  As I was leaving, an aide who assists a classmate of Reese's with special needs pulled me aside.

"You're Reese's mom?" she asked.

I nodded.

She shared that Reese always includes this little girl and makes a point to play with her.  "She's the only one who does this.  She's amazing with her," the aide continued. "Your daughter is a jewel."

I'm treasuring her comment in my heart.  I'll mull it over and meditate on it on the rough days.

She saves baby birds and befriends the student who doesn't have other friends.  Yes, she is a jewel.

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  1. Aw, what a wonderful kid! That is a rare trait especially in this day and age.


  2. Sounds as though she may have the spiritual gift of mercy. How exciting!

  3. Jennifer HodgesJune 01, 2011

    That's a wonderful comment to receive about your child. That's so sweet!

  4. What a sweet post about your sweet daughter! As a former teacher of kids with special needs, I know that children like her are few and far between and should definitely be praised and cherished! :)

  5. What you little girl does and says - say a lot about their parents. You are doing an awesome job with raising this little girl who at this age already knows how to look out for those that need it the most.

    You should be very proud!

  6. Aw, I love this--my sister has a tender heart like that too, and I think it's one of the most wonderful traits a child can have.

  7. Aww, such a sweet sweet girl you got there! She'll surely grow up to be one nice compassionate person. You must be so proud! :)

  8. What a beautiful heart she has. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are so passionate when you write, and I love it. I can't get enough of what you share with us. I wanted to drop by to let you know I have nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award. Can I get a standing ovation everyone??? *claps* You can read more about this award at

    Have a wonderful day!


  9. What a sweet girl you have! 2 weeks ago my step-daughter and I saved a baby bird that fell out of the nest. My husband told us not to get our hopes up cause the parents probably wouldn't take care of it anymore.... 2 weeks later he/she is thriving and happy with its 2 birdie siblings! :)

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