Sitting on the edge of an outstretched boulder, she peered down the deep valley and from somewhere far below the cliff, she heard her mother’s cheerful calls. Focusing sharply on the sound and narrowing her vision, she tried to map the vast expanse stretched ahead. The distant horizon looked unending and welcoming.
Since the day she was born, she was looking forward to this moment. The very first time she had seen her father take the leap off the edge, she was spellbound and today it was her turn to conquer the heights.
She was not nervous, but her tiny legs were shaking in anticipation. Her mind was focused and with a natural instinct flowing through her veins, she jumped off the cliff and spread her fresh wings.
The sudden gush of wind on her feathers lifted her up, and she immediately felt weightless. Beating her wings for the first time, she soared high, loudly called for her mother and from somewhere far below, she heard the delighted reply.
The Sun was shining bright and the afternoon sky was clear. She kept her head straight, looked ahead, channelling the breeze across her gleaming cheeks. Slowly, she climbed up in circles and when she reached far above the hills, she stopped flapping her wings, allowing the warm air to help her glide.
As she flew, far ahead the Earth seemed to merge with the unknown in a large curve. Surprised, she looked down and as far and wide as her young eyes could see, she saw the world in a new perspective. The huge valley was now a scratch on the land, the trees were one large green canvas and the mighty pond was just a puddle. The hills looked beaten, a hazy mist covered the landscape and except for the soft whistling sound of the wind, all she heard was the silence of the skies; and for the first time, she felt at home.