What We Can Count On

Here’s a silly quip that has stayed with me for many years:

Remember well, and bear in mind that a jaybird’s tail sticks out behind.

It’s goofy. But the context of the quote has stayed with me the most. My surrogate Dad David used to say this to me, especially when I was anxious about something. He would often follow it by saying,

“There are some things you can always count on.”

And sometimes, he would follow it more. Referencing himself and Amy, his wife, he would add,

“There are two people in New Albany, Indiana who love you very much.”

Remember well, and bear in mind that a jaybird’s tail sticks out behind.

From time to time, I still think this phrase to myself. Sometimes, I share it with others.

I wonder, which ongoing stories in our lives need this posture from us?

Renee Roederer

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