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Ilovedragonflies Sat 30-Jun-18 10:52:25

Hi, this is my first time of posting (although I have been a lurker for many months) and am unsure what to read into this, if anything. Long story short, I've had a rough few years for a variety of reasons and with no sign of things easing any time soon. One of the things that happened a few years ago was that somebody took out the rear of my car whilst I was stationary in traffic - they wrote it off and it left me requiring physio for a couple of years. All healed now, or so I thought. On Thursday, I was again stationary in traffic on my way to work, when a van towing a large trailer ploughed into the back of me. As I'd just dropped off my child, when my car was shunted forwards I lost sight of her and believed, for a couple of seconds, that she had gone beneath its wheels. The shock was utterly, utterly horrendous - I've been a single parent since she was 3. (She hadn't, she was clear of it all.) To say that I temporarily fell apart would be understating things. After exchanging details with the other driver and a witness who came to see if I was okay and stayed until he was sure I didn't need the hospital, (bless that young man), I finally got the car into the college grounds to get it off the road. Immediately after I parked up, a scruffy little robin flew on to the fence immediately in front of me, locked eyes with me and stayed there despite all the other people being around. It calmed me down. (And yes, I know that makes me sound like a bit of an oddball, but it didn't take its eyes from me and I couldn't take my eyes from it.) It stayed there for quite some time, ignoring everyone else but me. Yes, my hip is back to requiring more physio, I have had a headache ever since and my neck is sore - but that little bird was hypnotic. I normally disregard stories like this - I lost the vast majority of my family at a young age and have problems believing that there is anything 'good' to follow when there is so much bad that happens here. In truth, I don't know why I'm telling you all about this - except, perhaps, a need to get it off my chest and say that life can be strange. Has anything like this ever happened to any of you (the robin thing, I mean)?

goldengirl Sat 30-Jun-18 11:08:05

I like your story Ilovedragonflies. The robin sounds very comforting. Who knows what's going on in its mind?

Fennel Sun 01-Jul-18 10:09:03

A good story - I've always thought the robin is a sign of good luck.

Liz46 Sun 01-Jul-18 10:14:27

Robins do not seem to be very afraid of people. In the garden or allotment they hover nearby hoping something tasty will be dug up. I remember when one of my daughters was little, we visited her aunt and uncle. They had been feeding a robin, who also popped into their kitchen for a snack. She was told to stand in their garden with a piece of cheese on her hand and was absolutely delighted when the robin came and took it off her.

Ilovedragonflies Sun 01-Jul-18 14:35:12

Fennel - hopefully it was bringing me some! smile
Liz46 - this one wasn't at all scared of anyone either.

Jalima1108 Sun 01-Jul-18 14:47:55

Robins do seem to watch you and look you straight in the eye when you're digging (well, in my case it's more 'trowelling') as if asking 'have you got something for me?'. I am sure they can communicate.

I do hope that you're recovering Ilovedragonflies - what a shock that must have been.