27 May

hummingbird bluegreen

The hummingbird goes way back for me. One of the delights of Brazil was our garden that seemed alive with these industrious little birds. Jurgis was particularly taken with them. It became almost an obsession for him to be able to capture a hummingbird in a photo. We moved away from that first house with its lush garden. Our next home was the turn of the bem-te-vi, a bird that also gave us a great deal of pleasure. We saw few hummingbirds after that. We tried putting out feeders, but weren’t in the right area for them. Still, whenever we spotted one while out, Jurgis would be captivated all over again.

I didn’t think much of the hummingbird after that. I love all birds, my personal favourites being the blackbird and the robin. They played a huge part in lifting my spirits during some dark times.

I will never forget the night Jurgis died. It had been a couple of hours since we’d turned off his life support when I finally pulled myself together long enough to get in touch with his brother in Australia. It was while we were talking when he broke in with, “What the…?? A hummingbird just flew into my pc!” On my end, I went cold all over. To me, that was no co-incidence. I believe in signs and this was definitely a sign. Hummingbirds don’t just fly into pc’s.

As happens when someone dies, we began receiving cards from friends from all over the world. It meant so much to us. Each card was heartfelt and helped to wrap us in love and care. No one card meant more than the other. In saying that, however, as I write this, two cards stand out for me. One came from a dear friend in Australia. Inside was… you guessed it… a hummingbird! That little golden hummingbird now lives in my purse. Another came all the way from Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

legend of the hummingbird

Since then, the hummingbird has appeared regularly and often in the most extraordinary place, though, to be fair, never a live bird. Some believe in signs. Others don’t. I’ll take it as a sign, a sign that he’s with me and watching, a sign that “life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and laughter is life’s sweetest creation”.

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11 responses to “Hummingbird

  1. MC

    May 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I believe. <3


  2. Tatiana

    May 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    =) I believe in signs too. What a beautiful post!

  3. belasmom

    May 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I think he’s with you too—every time you see a hummingbird, or think of one, it’s Jurgis — probably having a panic attack over all the tabs you have open at once !!

    • tintalasia

      May 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      My tabs have become a monster! Yep… he’d definitely be freaking out haha!

  4. foxberryjule

    May 28, 2015 at 2:23 am

    How strange and wonderful. Thank you for sharing this story Tint. I believe in signs and think we are given them just when we most are in need of them.
    I watch the Robins and I think they watch me. They hover close when I’m in the garden. Of course they know freshly turned dirt is easy pickings.

    Crows give me the shivers.

    Crows give

    • tintalasia

      May 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Jule, I’m not new to this kind of sign. I’ve blogged it before. There are things that happen that go way beyond coincedence. I have a special affinity with the sweet robin and the blackbird…. now there’s a bird that never fails to bring a smile to my face. He always comes along just when I need him :) I find crows hilarious. I love watching them.

  5. Ien in the Kootenays

    May 28, 2015 at 4:34 am

    What an absolutely beautiful piece! I like the idea that we. somehow, create meaningful feedback from the Universe. We are blessed to have hummingbirds here. You are a marvel. Big hugs, much strength in the coming weeks.

    • tintalasia

      May 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Thankyou, Ien. I believe the Universe gives meaning in whichever way we each can process it, if you know what I mean. For me, those signs come from nature – no surprises there. Others may get signs through people or written word. It’s the way our personal belief works, I think.

  6. dewdropin15

    May 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Last night a hummingbird flew near us and Marv said there goes George, I said OMG, I wonder if Jorge is the same name as George. We named a hummingbird George last year when it would come and bathe in the water hose spray when Marv watered the garden, odd coincidence .

    • tintalasia

      September 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Oh wow, Linda! What a coincedence indeed! Jorge is the Portuguese version of George. I called him George, though he’d have prefered me to call him Jurgis, which, incidentally, is the Lithuanian version of George :) Thank you for sharing that!

  7. furiouscuriouscancersurvivor

    July 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Brasil. Hmmmm Sister of my beloved Portugal. Magic does happen!


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