A long time ago, when my boys were in elementary school, we drove home from school on a really windy day—the trees bent sideways, the car shook with every big gust, and traffic lights swung from their wires. Leaves swirled everywhere. At a red light, a bunch of crows blew over the intersection like scraps of black paper.
"I wonder how they aim in wind like this?" I asked.
"They don't," my son said. "They just try to not lose sight of each other."
My other son said, "One time I saw a crow who'd been in a fight. When he flew you could see the sky through his wings."
I scribbled their words on my hand so I wouldn't forget:
don’t lose sight of each other . . . . keep flying even if you’ve lost some feathers . . .