Eagles and Attitudes

DSCN2669On Monday, August 27, 2018 John and I had left the port of Tallinn Estonia for a night at sea aboard the Oceania Nautica before docking in Saint Petersburg Russia.  This capital city of Estonia along the Gulf of Finland was a delightful surprise and day long visit. We walked the sunny streets with our tour guide and enjoyed the many contrasts between the Tallinn Old Town with medieval cobble stoned streets and the modern towers and luxurious hotels, trendy neighborhoods and large shopping centers. After dinner on the ship, we returned to read in bed before the next day’s excursion.

IMG_4492While John was in the bathroom, I heard what sounded like someone breaking in from our cabin’s balcony. We had been at sea for several hours by now. I was pretty sure that no human was scaling the ship and banging on the windows. The sound persisted, like someone throwing his or her shoulders against the glass and trying to force entry into our room. Whatever, or whoever this was, had an attitude, it was determined to be a part of our evening solitude. Why out of over 1000 cabins and staterooms choose our room number 746?
When John came running to my cries and panic, he dared to part the closed curtains and see who or what it was? OMG! I peeked over his shoulder and scurried back under the bed sheets. A huge Big Bird was on the balcony, several feet high and fluffy!bigbird
NO! NOT THAT BIG BIRD!
I called the ship’s front desk and explained the situation. She replied that she would send security to the room.  Ten minutes passed. Twenty minutes passed. Forty-five minutes passed. The bird had ceased with the hari kari, and was now properly posed on the balcony’s railing and John snapped these photos.
This time John made the same call but used the words. “A bird is committing suicide against our window! please send someone here to investigate.” I can only guess the bets, dares and laughter going on at the front desk. “How much did they drink this evening?” What’s a bird doing at sea?” I’m not going, you go!” After 45 minutes of waiting, a knock finally came on our door. A young woman in uniform (I guess she lost the bet…) came in with a grin. “What’s going on here? Let me see.” She folded back the curtain and jumped into the air! “Oh my God! What a big bird is that!” She threw the curtains closed and stared at us (“Crazy Americans, ” I could hear her think.) She screwed up some courage and went out on the porch and said “Shoo.” The bird did fly away.
So that event made for a good conversation and post-trip story to share. But WHY? Why was that bird on our deck? John did some Googling and surmised it to be an Estonian Eagle. I felt that visit must represent something deeper and more personal to us, but I still am not sure what.
Various sources reveal some long held suppositions about eagles: The eagle is the

chief over all the winged creatures. The eagle conveys the powers and messages of the spirit. If an individual has been going through a hard time, an eagle not only signals a new beginning, but provides that person with the stamina and resilience to endure the difficulties. If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles. Summon the eagle when you are about to embark on a challenge, a massive life change or a creative endeavor.

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I am taking that eagle’s visit as a sign, not sure a sign of what, but will apply it to any good or bad that comes my way for a while. Has this ever happened to any of you? I would LOVE to hear what message you take from it!

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.

– E. F. Schumacher

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