Somewhere there must be a how-to manual for dealing with a mother's death--Grieving for Dummies
or whatever--but if so, I've never read it, so I'm dealing with this
the best way I can. Today that meant getting out of the house and going
to the park to look at birds. The egret chicks were not in sight but I
found a pair of young anhingas taking a few wobbly steps away from the
nest while the adult perched protectively overhead. What do they do when
the mom is no longer there to nurture them? They don't need any how-to
manuals--they just wing it. If they can do it, so can I.