Norma Barrientes Reduced to Tears 24 WINDWARD REVIEW | Vol. 18 End of special section: "Civility and I"
Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton Discoveries A hatchling fell from the eaves where the starlings roost. The folded leather and scruff lurched towards my daughter’s stroller— the thatchy feathers revealing its tiny bulb of blood and tissue underneath. “Uh-oh,” daughter too young to understand what those failing footsteps meant. My wife and I conferred: caretaking, empathy, short lesson long on loss; or added burden to a taut schedule (shoebox, bedding, feeder). I glove my hands and place the bird in a patch of grass— a guilty, underwhelming farewell. Civility + You 25