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Tufted Titmouse (Local, North America) – The Determined One

♦️ Pub: Nov 20, 2019 | Modified: Nov 20, 2019 @ | Reading: 2 min. ♦️

Snapped @ Triangle Area, North Carolina

What did we call those large rectangular tables, the ones housing a game back in the 60’s and 70’s? We’d pull back a flipper; it would smack a ball; and the ball would zoom back and forth among multiple obstructions. Whatever the name, the Titmouse brings to life that zippy little ping-it ball.

Eternally faithful, Lil TooMoo seems to live for my backyard appearances. I’d love to think it’s my sparkly personality, but I’m a realist. It’s all ‘bout da peanuts! You need a laugh? Toss out some shelled peanuts, then study Mighty Munchkin (wo)Man as s/he wrestles with the chosen meal. Hyyyyyyysterical, since the peanut rivals TooMoo’s diminutive size. But witnessing this degree of determination—in action—makes its psychological mark.

Tufted Titmouse with a peanut
Tufted Titmouse, struggling yet succeeding with a peanut rivaling his size

Life throws curve balls, adversely impacting the health of a loved one, even ushering folks to a new permanent in-the-sky home. The Tufted Titmouse in no way eliminates the ensuing searing pain, but s/he and feathery cousins provide a huge assist in walking through that pain. They also unearth the giggle bone otherwise buried by the weight of the day.

As usual, I compose this draft post while seated on our front covered porch. Part of my weekday preDawn routine. The rain gently falls, coaxing a clean start to the day. TooMoo finds the 4a hour a twee early, but bunnies, possums, and deer—following their curiosity—land in our yard. And I smile. Knowing TooMoo will appear later, as dawn breaks, reminds me of Life’s more joyous rhythms.

Nature preaching. Nature teaching. A full pure unadulterated sermon, straight from Mah Main Man, to start my day. Here, the featured image reflects a munchkin bird determined to enjoy a peanut “too big” to handle. No fear. All heart. He met his goal, because he not only tried; he refused to quit. Yo, Lil TooMoo, thanks babe; lesson learned… absorbed. I’m grateful.

Tufted Titmouse, In Action

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