Growing up, I had two brothers and three first cousins with whom we were very close. The six of us didn’t see one another very often, but when we did get together, it was fun and familiar and the connections were strong.
As we grew older and went our separate ways, we saw less and less of each other. In 1992, my first nephew was born. He was the first child born to any of the six cousins.
Immediately following his birth, my aunt (the writer Sue Sussman http://www.susansussman.net/), wrote a letter to my brother and his wife. As a writer, she had some lovely turns of phrase and beautiful insights. The one that stuck with me to this day, however, was her comment that our family was “ripe for renewal” and that Judge’s birth signalled the start of that renewal.
Now, 13 children total comprise the next generation of our family, ranging in age from five to 21. We have been sufficiently renewed.
I thought of Sue and that phrase today as Dave and I were setting up The Chicken Nursery.
As you may or may not know, we have endured a spate of chicken losses over the past couple of weeks and we’ve really, quite frankly, had enough.
As fate would have it, all but two of our broody hens have hatched their eggs over the past three days. We have now replaced our seven losses with ten beautiful new chicks, all snuggling with their mamas in (what we hope is) their safe new enclosure.
The chicken renewal is decidedly cuter than our human one (no offense, kids).
Here are several pictures of mama hens and their adorable, newly-hatched chicks for your viewing pleasure.