Posted by: 2thdocbob | 4 September 2017

A Life Lesson from Hummingbirds

Does (or did) your family’s mealtimes ever look like this?


Or like this?


Or has everyone left the table angry during a good meal?


And you kept on wishing it would look like this:


Or like this:


But frequently you were just grateful for an uneasy truce:


Sometimes everyone was behaving well and one tried to stir things up:


Or the one pop-up child just wouldn’t sit still:


And there was always the one who just kept on eating:


I would advise you to take a deep breath a learn to enjoy it. One day, mealtime will look like this:


And eventually like this:


So when mealtime feels like a family fight night, take a deep breath, smile, and remember that this is but a fleeting moment. Life will pass by as quickly as a speedy little hummingbird, and you will long for that unruly, crowded table.


No hummingbirds were harmed during the photography.

They were just doing what hummingbirds do, and these tiny creatures can be amazingly aggressive. It isn’t easy for three species (Allen’s, Anna’s, and Costa’s) to share a table. But amazingly, sometimes they do. It has been fascinating to watch their behavior since I first put up a feeder at my daughter’s request.

And they seem to tolerate me as that uncle with the camera who snaps pictures during family gatherings. Maybe they realize that I’m the one who feeds them.


  1. Love the hummingbird pics!Cute analogy with the family dinners too. 🙂


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