It's time for another A to Z Challenge! This year, I want to tell you about a story that is currently a WIP (work in progress). It's the story I'm writing in honor of my baby lovebird, Robert. It's a fantasy story, but it's really a story about emotional healing. So let's examine it by going through the alphabet!
Today's letter is h, which is for hatched.
Robert and his siblings were an unexpected clutch. Their parents, CJ and Sparky, had laid eggs before, but it had been 3 years since their last clutch. We certainly had no intention of encouraging them to have any more babies. With 3 dogs and 4 birds as it was, ours was an already full house.
Then CJ began laying eggs unexpectedly. She laid 7 eggs, which is a good sized clutch. 4 of the eggs were viable, meaning they actually had babies developing in them.
After they hatched, we had 4 more little mouths to feed. CJ wasn't all that interested in feeding them. Sparky helped somewhat, and we began syringe feeding the babies immediately.
After Robert passed away, something else hatched. His story. Almost immediately. Never before had I felt such an urge to write a story right after losing a loved one, and to honor them. It was within 24 hours of his passing that his story began to crack open out of its shell.
It's interesting how things happen. In a case like this, the only way Robert's story came to life was by it hatching out of my heart and love for the little guy.
See you on Monday for more A to Z hatchlings!