Learning to Fly By Nancy A. Boyd The mother bird, perched high above the nest as she attempts to coerce her nearly newborn to give its wings a try. She seems to be saying, it will be okay, she will stand by. It’s what we as parents do; give them roots and, give them wings. Her time with them is short. There is so much they will need to know, a lifetime of lessons do not come from extended family time. Taking flight seems to come so quickly. It seems that soon she will have done all there is for her to do. Is it their trust or instinct? that allows her to let go Does the circle of life for her? only last this brief time.