Awaiting Chicks


It’s late December, and eggs are on the ground. Now, we wait. Again. It takes somewhere between 62 and 65 days for a Laysan albatross chick to hatch. For 60 days, parents alternate incubating duties. Each shift can last upwards of three weeks. Three whole weeks of no eating, no flying, very little, if any, walking around.

Patience. Peace. Thoese are two qualities that I like to think albatross can teach us.


At first, we wait for the adults to return. Once they do, we then wait for the chicks to emerge. What can we do during those two months? Practice patience. Practice peace.


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