On this “spring ahead” day, I found myself watching a shorebird, a willet, and thinking about those “advice from” posters and bookmark you see around. Maybe after watching and taking plenty of photos of these guys over the years, I can write from a willet’s perspective…giving some advice.
Advice from a Willet
Hang out on the shoreline, inhale its briny breath, breathe out the day’s worries
Take time to reflect, look back to move forward
Enjoy the light, energize yourself with sunshine
Stop to pose, let others appreciate your unique beauty
Look over your shoulder, remember where you’ve been and where you came from
Stretch, keep your body moving and flexible
Dance and sing, even if you are the only one who hears the music
Spread your wings, be ready to take flight and explore the world
I love this! Your photos make your story even more complete. I didn’t realize willets were so wise.
Love your photo t and wisdom!
I love this! Do you do exercises like this with your students? Looking at the world through another (animal) character’s point of view?
Hi Charlene. I have done this with my 3rd graders–we studied some of those advice pieces and each student created their own. It’s actually pretty fun. (You do need to know some things about whatever animal/character you are taking on, of course.)
So wonderful! Your photos and advice made me smile!
“Dance and sing, even if you are the only one who hears the music”
What a great slice! I love how you created advice from the willet and your photos are fabulous! (Also, this is a bird we have in common, although I typically see them in the marsh, not at the shore.)
Thanks Molly! (And I love that this is a common bird for us.)