June 2017: How Do You Do It? I Need to Know

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson, OFS

Robin, how do you do it? How do you cope with the noise of “civilization”? Traffic’s horrific roar, lawn mower’s din, airliner’s rumble, snowmobile’s blare. How do you survive humanity’s intrusion into your solitude? I wish I knew your secret. I need to know your secret. ‘Cause noise’s invasion drives me at times to the height of unfettered stress, my psyche unwilling to adapt to noise’s trespass.

How do you go on with your life as if man did not exist, as if your environ is as God created it? You sit atop your nest, shielding your young from nature’s inclemency, seemingly oblivious to the clamor of man’s encroachment. How do you warm the fertile eggs within your nest apparently blind to humanity’s racket?

I know that you have ears to hear. You hear the call of your mate. You hear the fragile cheep of your young begging for food. You must hear humanity’s tumult. Yet you remain unaware—or thus is your illusion. Your focus remains only on your motherly role, the needs of your babes.

I wish I knew your tactics for tuning out so that I, too, may find the peace, the joy of God’s creation as you do. Unaware do I wish to be of the grating cacophony, of the insane squawk that masks the sweet sound of your melody. Human egocentricity creates such calamitous disharmony with nature’s symphony. Please share your secret with me that I, too, may block out man’s sonic pollution. Please convey your wisdom that I may delight in my beloved nature yet again.

How do you do it? How do you adapt? I need to know, lest I go mad.

I just watched one of your babes fledge today. An awkward first attempt, but a flight nonetheless. You have reared, once again, a healthy brood. So you do have a secret. Care to share?


Virginia Anson grew up in the shadows of Sandia Crest in New Mexico. Family camping trips may have sparked her passion for nature. She holds an A.S. in Electronics Technology, a B.A. in Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation. Her book, Mother Earth’s Caretakers, targets middle school youngsters and is published as an e-book for Kindle. Virginia is a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and her volunteer endeavors see her as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and sacristan in her parish and as a habitat steward for the National Wildlife Federation. She especially cherishes her life in the Secular Franciscan Order, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.


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