Helping A Baby Bird To Live And Fly
Wednesday - November 03, 2010
While walking to Ward Centre from Punchbowl Street, I noticed a baby bird that was injured and could-n’t fly very well. I couldn’t leave the poor thing alone to fend for itself, and I knew there were cats in the nearby field, so after a five-minute game of chase the birdie, I was able to capture him. The only container I had was a small bag in my backpack, so I placed the baby bird inside the bag, leaving the top open for air.
After arriving at Ward Centre, I decided to ask one of the merchants for a box in which to place the bird. First, I went to the shoe store; I figured they would have a box, but they didn’t. Next I stopped at Sedona and explained my predicament to the man standing behind the counter. He gave me a brand-new gift box with a soft tissue in the bottom. I was surprised and offered to buy the box. He said it was for a good cause, and refused any payment for the box. I hope he didn’t get any scoldings for giving away the brand-new box.
I placed the baby bird inside the nice box, and took him to the Humane Society, where they gave him an evaluation and called the Wild Bird Haven so someone could come and pick him up for care. Small acts of kindness can mean a great deal, especially if one is a small, injured animal with virtually no defenses whatsoever. I still think about that sweet man at Sedona, and how he was so willing to help me out that day.
Dear Mary, Sedona customer service manager Greg Nakayama is an animal lover. “It really didn’t take a whole lot of effort on my part to supply what she needed,” he says. “I just liked the idea she was going out of her way to do something that would make a difference. I think if everyone did random acts of kindness, the world would be better place.”
Our “hot 60s” paddling ladies would love to give APPLAUSE to the City and County workers that helped us get our outrigger canoe to the water recently. There were two men on bulldozers and a woman who was directing them as they were working on moving the sand at the junction of the canal and the ocean at Kailua Beach Park. The bulldozers had created huge furrows while attempting to move the sand.
Consequently, we could-n’t get our canoe on its wheels over the humps. So the woman asked one of the men to smooth things out for us with his Cat. He patiently did so, and we were able to get the canoe to the water and work out in preparation for the Molokai race! We would all like to thank these nice people for helping us out.
Mimi Frank, Mary Duryea, Susie Oakland, Pam Monahan, Joy Schoenecker, Susan Heitzman Keahiakahoe Canoe Club
Your angels were bulldozer operators Corey Hellingao and Francis Smith, and Spotter Christine Stone-Range.
“We do this maintenance monthly,” says Tyler Sugihara, chief of road maintenance for the City and County of Honolulu. “It’s to open the stream because the sand develops a plug after a while and the water doesn’t have way to circulate. We’re happy help out the Keahiakahoe Canoe Club.”
(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)
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