It was one such day that I came upon 3 crows standing in a cornfield at the edge of a wood, foraging for something to eat on the frozen earth.
Crows (family-Corvids) are pretty strange creatures, being very social, highly intelligent, always ready to surprise me, and I was reminded of a strange crow encounter that occurred awhile back.
I was driving home one day on a dirt road and came upon 3 crows on the side of the road. There was something in the middle of them, and I slowed down and stopped a ways from them to see what they were up to. There was a small Fox Squirrel sitting up, and on either side of him, about 2 feet away, 2 crows faced him. Facing the squirrel about a foot and a half away was the other crow. As I watched, the crow facing head on suddenly sprang forward and beaked the squirrel between the eyes, knocking him over. At this point they all pounced on the squirrel and that was that. It was almost as if they where mesmerizing the squirrel until he was too spaced out to flee. I couldn't believe what I saw, and replayed the scene in my head for a long time after. Who would believe me? In a strange twist of luck, Becca and I were driving down another road a few years later and came upon the same scene being reenacted. We stopped and watched, but after a minute the squirrel got distracted by our presence, shook itself free of the spell the crows put on it, and fled. Our world is full of so many strange wonders.
Which brings me back to the frozen road, the minus double digit wind chill, and 3 crows that turned their heads as one and looked at me. In my head, as plain as if someone were next to me, I heard the words:
"We travel in threes
We know you've noticed.
To thrive, survive
You've got to focus."
Which led to the realization of our impact on one another. Chose your words and actions wisely and consciously at all times. You never know who you'll affect.