My then six-year-old daughter sounded the alarm as she ran through the house, “Momma, a hummingbird is trapped in the garage. A hummingbird is trapped in the garage!” Great. Just what I need. I’m already late, trying to get out the door for church, and now I have to deal with a stuck bird. The anxious voice in my head immediately switched to the calm “Everything’s gonna be all right” mom voice, as I assured my daughter we’d rescue the bird. As we walked out to assess the situation, I found myself wondering, How do you get a bird out of a building?
The poor bird frantically flew from one closed window to the other closed window, trying to escape its accidental captivity. Aha! I’ll open the windows. But my tiny feathered friend must have felt threatened rather than relieved by my assistance, because she perched herself on the motor of the garage door opener and ignored the open windows. Operation Hummingbird Fly Home attempt 1: fail. My mind quickly regrouped.
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