In a recent post I shared how I often look at young Red-bellied Woodpeckers and say, with the utmost affection, “Your Mama had an ugly baby!”
Now, I feel like I should offer some words of encouragement to these awkward youngsters. So here goes…
1) Your Mama had an ugly baby, but your Daddy is a handsome fellow. And it won’t be long before you too display such splendor.
2) Your Mama had an ugly baby, but she didn’t have the ugliest baby in the backyard – that honor seems to have fallen to the cardinals.
Yet have no fear little cardinal, for one day you will look like your Mama, who is indeed a lovely lady!
Confession: I was tempted to post a picture of myself in those preteen years to show that we all go through that awkward stage, but some things are better left buried in the pages of an old photo album!