The eagle gently coaxed her
children toward the edge of the nest.
Her heart quivered with
As she felt their resistance to
her persistent nudging.
Why does the thrill of soaring
have to begin with the
fear of falling?
This ageless question was still
not answered for her.
Their nests were always located
high on a shelf of a steep rock cliff.
Below there was nothing to support
the wings of each child.
She asked herself, “Is it possible
that this time it won’t work?”
The eagle got her courage from an
inborn mother’s wisdom.
Even though she had fears, she
knew it was time.
Her mission as a parent was
There was just one final task . .
Until her children discovered
their wings . . .
Until they learned to soar,
Until they understood the
privilege it was to have been
born an eagle,
There would be no purpose in their
The push was the greatest gift she
had to give her children.
It was her supreme act of love.
Sometimes we need it, sometimes we
It can be the greatest gift you
It will change lives forever.
This was taken from the book,
Even Eagles Need a Push, by
David McNally and Mac Anderson. This selection is dedicated to the
parents of our graduating students, who may need encouragement to give
the final PUSH. You may think it will break your heart, but when the
offspring discovers the purpose of their life, you will love to watch
the adult emerge.