The corona virus is nothing to crow about, except to keep the public informed so we continue to socially distance, sanitize everything and wash our hands. We will all have something to crow about when we get our freedoms back, being grateful that we weren't infected by it. We were brought something we didn't need for sure.
Crows collect things they don't need. They are used for trade offs. Did you know that crows are some of the most intelligent animals next to chimpanzees, and of course humans? The crows and magpies are building their nests as usual this spring in our neighborhood. Fear of the virus isn't affecting them at all. I notice they are social distancing since their nests are few and far apart. They are squaky, noisy and make their presence known all year around. They always seem to have "something to crow about" And that's an interesting saying. If you have something to crow about it's worthwhile. If you have nothing to crow about it's not very important.
The story is told of a car wash owner who was losing money even though his car wash was always busy. He couldn't figure out where the coins were going, even while he watched drivers paying for each car wash. Finally he set up his lawn chair and was prepared to sit for 24 hours and see what was going on. (Obviously the days before video monitoring devices.} Suddenly a crow flew into the car wash, sat on the coin tray and with his beak was able to reach in and grab a coin. He then flew to the roof and came back for another one. The man shooed him away and went to get a tall ladder. Up on the roof, the crow had deposited hundreds of dollars of coins. Everything missing was there. That bird had lots to "crow about", but it ended that day.
According to one comment on line, crows collect shiny things to mark their territory, show hunter/gatherer skills, which improves the possibility for breeding with other crows. They also bring a variety of items and leave them as "gifts". Here's a BBC report of a young girl's collection thanks to the gifts of the crows she fed.
The story's told of Noah sending out a raven (cousin of the crow) from the ark after the flood to see if the water was subsiding and land was appearing. " And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth." Gen_8:7
There's an account of a prophet named Elijah who was directed by God: "Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook." I Kings 17
A raven looks like a bigger crow. The gifts they brought to Elijah twice a day were his provision. I always wonder who might have prepared the meat and bread for the ravens to bring and how far away they were. It's not hard to believe that a raven could take a gift to a person, but it's a stretch to believe that the meat and bread were miraculous. Imagine if you are making meat and bread and suddenly ravens swoop down, one takes some meat and one takes some bread and they fly away only to come back later and do the same thing!
At least the ravens themselves weren't the food! There's a saying that you will "eat crow" if you say something you have to retract. Also known as "humble pie". So the birds keep flying, the crows keep collecting, and we keep listening to see what the media is crowing about today. Keep safe!
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Linda McKendry, renaissance girl accused of doing too many things. Loves to educate, motivate, inspire, and empower (entertain).