There are countless female goldfinches who show up at my sunflower and nyjer seed feeders. Right now, I’m looking out my living room window and one lass is poking her head in to dig out the good stuff. I’m thrilled to have so many birdies come by to say hello. I’ve been to some areas of the world where birds seem to to be downright rare. So I am blessed.
Female goldfinches keep their glory muted, with brownish feathers. I don’t love them any less for their inconspicuous nature. But every once in awhile a guy swoops down for goodies. And he wears his heart on his luminous sleeves. My heart soars even higher to see the shocking yellow. We humans seem enthralled with brightness, even if many of us don’t clothe ourselves in that way.
Lest you think that vibrancy lives only in the male realm (and I doubt that you’re thinking that!), consider Senegal. My visits there have been about wild splotches of colour dotting the brownish land. I was surprised to see how many men dress “Western” – t-shirts and shorts. When they pull out their cell phones, I feel right at home. But hold on. The women festoon themselves with wild bandanas and long flowing dresses. The 80-something lady you see here is the real deal – red, mauve, brown and pink, along with sparkling earrings and bracelet. Plus her speech was animated with sounds I didn’t know.
Guess it doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or a girl
You can fly through life wearing the palette of the heavens …
if you want to