Evening fell and Kate, my oldest, asked if we could go see her one more time before bed. We grabbed the flashlight and pointed it in the direction of the branch that she so comfortably perched on all day long. To our disappointment she was gone. As we went inside I could see my little six year old daughter's shoulders hunched over making a bee line for her bedroom, and I just knew she had tears in her eyes. I stopped her and gave her a big hug and said, "Are you sad that Beauty is gone?" She shook her head. I said, "I am too." I said, "Aren't you thankful that she chose to spend her entire day with us? How lucky we were right?" She agreed. I also said, "You never know she may come back one day to see us again." Then I told her to do something in honor of Beauty to thank her for coming to visit us. Twenty minutes later Kate turns the chalkboard around to show me a drawing that she made for Beauty. I thought it was a pretty sweet tribute for this sweet baby owl who so kindly graced us with her presence for one lovely day.
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