What Can You Count On?

Image Description: A blue jay has its back turned, and there’s a great a great view of the blue jay’s tail.

On Sunday, I was walking into the church building where I was about to lead a worship service, and I saw a blue jay emerge right in front of me. A huge smile emerged on my face, and I had to say this phrase. In fact, I felt like I was receiving it:

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 Chosen 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.

“There are people in your hometown who love you very much.”

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

There’s only one way a jay bird’s tail is ever going to point, and we can count on it. And there are people we can count on too in steadfast ways.

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

I’m glad I received it again.

Renee Roederer



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