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Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)
TITLE: The Mockingbird
By Nancy Higginson
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Every day, when I get home from work this comedy repeats itself. I leave the front door open when I come in and the cats take up their watch. Within the hour the mockingbird arrives and the games begin anew. Does he know he is safe outside that door? Do the cats know, no matter how high they leap, they will remain inside? Until this morning, I thought for sure the mockingbird knew he was safe from harm and that was what made him so bold in his taunts. Yet as I left for work I noticed the mockingbird had someone else as his target. Here was this fragile bird diving at my neighbor’s full grown pit bull! Chattering and shrilling he would dive right for the ears. The next dive would be for the tail as the dog ran for cover of his own front porch. Such bravery, or was it stupidity, that mockingbird possesses.
As I type this entry, the noises begin from the front porch yet again. I have been home for forty five minutes and already the afternoon’s fun has begun. The mockingbird outside, my cats inside. Each keeping the other, and me, entertained.
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