I almost missed them, but then I saw them.  “Hello there,” I said ever so quietly.

As I moved closer and looked at the baby swallows perched inside a rolled-up carpet in a friend’s carport, they came closer and closer to the edge and looked back at me.  “Hello there,” they cooed or whatever swallows do.

We didn’t speak one another’s language. but we had made a connection. Not a human connection, but a connection – one living creature to another.

I dream of the time when human beings can make a connection with other human beings and say “Hello there” – without fear.


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