Submitted below is the Heart Song chapter Tom Jenks challenged me to reduce to a paragraph. I will circle back in the next few weeks with my attempt at doing such, however, for now please enjoy the story in its more primitive form.
He extended his finger, pointing to a tree branch right above us. And sure enough, perched there was not one but two birds. I smiled with amazement. “Did that bird really just call the other bird over to it with its song?” Dad’s eyes crinkled as he nodded. “Pretty special, huh? You see Annabelle every bird species has its own distant call and response songs. The one you just heard was a robin. Take a good look at the bird’s reddish brown belly and try to remember its sound. I could pick it out as a robin without seeing the bird because I’m familiar with its call.”
How far away was the other bird? I wondered. And, how did it ever hear its friend call? My dad took my arm and flipped it over so that my wrist was facing the sky and placed my two fingers on top of it. “Close your eyes again. Do you feel that? Thump, thump, thump.”
“That’s your heartbeat. Just like the birds know each other’s calls by their songs, our family can always feel each other’s hearts through the beat. If you are ever in trouble, if you are ever hurt or lost, or whatever, just remember to listen to your heart and send out a little song. Soon enough, one of us will get the message and come along.”
I looked down at the blueish vein pulsating underneath my skin in awe. Was my family that powerful? I wonder. “Sort of like our family has its own a heart song, is that right dad?”
He smiled releasing my wrist and standing up. “Yep. That’s right, Squirt. And remember, no matter how far away you are, I’ll be able to hear it.”
Chirps and Smiles,
A Warrior Princess