Everyone Needs Their Peeps

In one of our village parks, there is a grove of trees that serves as a gathering place for turkey vultures migrating through our area. My husband Mark and I stumbled upon this unexpected sight a few years ago while riding our bikes through town. There must have been forty vultures stoically ensconced on the branches that day – like macabre ornaments strung on a lifeless tree. A little creepy, but stunning!

Recently, when I noticed a kettle of vultures circling the sky, I knew they were back. We hopped on our bikes and hurried to the park. This time, there were almost a hundred vultures, slowly waking and preparing for the day’s search for food. We marveled as they unfolded their wings, holding them open to capture the warm morning sun as it dried the moisture accumulated overnight.

I have been thinking about these magnificent birds since we saw them. Community and camaraderie are so important, regardless of our species. Vultures need one another for companionship, protection from predators,  and to find their mates. Maybe they need a little vulture gossip to keep things spicy.  Perhaps they love to share the joy of flying with their friends. They somehow find each other as they head south for the winter and north for the summer.

As people, we need to feel valued, appreciated, loved –be that by family, friends, co-workers, caregivers. Our souls need that connection with others to thrive. When we are loved, we soar. When we are hurt by others, we shrink. We all need to know that no matter what life throws at us, there is somebody in our corner, cheering us on and helping us through our most difficult days.

Those vultures have figured it out! The rest of us just need to pay attention.

© Maryanne Zawlocki – The International Grandma


4 thoughts on “Everyone Needs Their Peeps”

  1. Great article MaryAnn! Down here you never have a day without circling Vultures; they must be really close knit family’s of them here, or just more hungry 😄. Thanks for the great article. John

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