I feel like a big corporate entity.. the difference is that I do care, but still, I put the damper on genius because I’m bigger and I could, and the safety of my home and the cost of running my home mattered more.
Brilliant little Swallow once again decided that my clothes dryer vent would be the best place for her nest. Really.. it is brilliant: Safe from anything that can climb or leap or otherwise harm her eggs. And warm. Imagine.. so cozy and warm when the dryer is running that she probably can go out and play, knowing her little eggs are incubating, while other moms-to-be just squat for hours on end.
Even more brilliant.. the fuller she fills the vent with twigs and string and nesty things.. the longer my dryer runs to dry my clothes and warm her babies.
Yup. And I wired it off. Chased her right out of there and attached a wire screen. We’ve been through this before. .. If I don’t realize she’s there until the nest is built, and the eggs are laid, I leave it. My clothes take forever to dry. I stop running the dryer if I’m not home, just in case I’ve created some sort of fire hazard.
But this year, I heard her as she began the nest. And big mean me told her ‘Go build a nest like a normal bird.” That was the moment I realized I was playing the role of the ‘systems’.. corporate, government, religious, etc… that stomps on the genius of those who think differently because 1. they aren’t doing things ‘normally’ and 2. they are interefering with what matters to the organizations.
So, little bird, I am sorry. I hope you don’t get discouraged, and shut down that innovative thinking of yours. I hope you find another way to be a mommy AND get to play more often. I hope you don’t run into more people like me in the process.
Oh jeez… now I’ve written this, am I going to go take the screen off?
There’s genius in everyone.
Find your way.
And don’t let the likes of ‘me’ (today’s me, not my everyday me!) stop you.