Did you ever wish you were someone else? Did you ever wish you were bigger, smaller, more attractive? What about being the one that everybody else likes? All your troubles would be gone. That can sound pretty good sometimes, even to a bird.
There is a heron and a blackbird in this picture. The blackbird seems to be looking at the heron with admiration. Everybody likes the heron. We all want pictures of this beautiful majestic bird. But what about the little blackbird? It seems common and ordinary.
Maybe the blackbird wants to be the one that we all admire. But how could it do that? Maybe the only way is to become a heron itself. The heron looks so big and graceful to the blackbird. The blackbird can dream and dream that it was the heron. Or it could stay close to the heron just to be near that beautiful creature.
The blackbird is forgetting one thing though. The heron may be a beautiful bird, but so is the blackbird. The heron doesn't have the beautiful red markings on its wings that the red-winged blackbird does. When the heron takes flight can it flash it's wings like this beautiful red-winged blackbird? I don't think so!
When the smaller red-winged blackbird began to understand that it was just as beautiful as the big heron, it decided that it was okay to just be itself. Its unique appearance made it beautiful, so why would it want to be something else?
Realizing all of this, the red-winged blackbird decided it didn't need to worship the heron after all. So it spread its wings and leaped up into the sky and flew away. Watching it fly away, the heron gazed at the blackbird and thought to itself, "I wish I was a beautiful red-winged blackbird."