April 8 is a day to draw a bird. As celebrated now, it’s simply a fun day to sit down and create a picture of one of our feathered friends – from sparrows to owls to penguins – you name it! And it can be in any style from cartoon to beautiful and polished.
However, the origin of this day is quite touching. I’m going to include a long quote from the official Website, Draw a Bird Day. “In 1943, Dorie Cooper was a 7 year old living in England. Her mother took her to a hospital in to visit her uncle who was wounded in the war. While they were there, Dorie’s uncle was very distraught, having lost his right leg to a land mine. In an attempt to cheer him up, she asked him “Draw a bird for me, please” Even though he was unwell, he decided to do as Dorie asked. He looked out his window and drew a picture of a robin.
“After seeing her uncle’s bird picture, Dorie laughed out loud and proclaimed that he was not a very good artist, but that she would hang the picture in her room nonetheless. Her uncle’s spirits were lifted by his niece’s complete honesty and acceptance. Several other wounded soldiers also had their day brightened by the event and every time Dorie came to visit thereafter, they held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.
“3 years later, Dorie was killed after being struck by a car. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been made by soldiers, nurses and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th.”
So there you have it! Draw a bird today in honor of Dorie, even if your drawing is not very good.
Quotes about birds
Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.–Roger Tory Peterson
Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.–Douglas Coupland
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.–William Blake
In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.–Robert Lynd
A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, And feathers are the least of these.–Marjorie Allen Seiffert
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.–Joseph Addison
Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers – a living prismatic gem … it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.–W. H. Hudson
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.–Jacques Deval
Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.–Author unknown
A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
~Dixon Lanier Merritt
The little owls call to each other with tremulous, quavering voices throughout the livelong night, as they sit in the creaking trees.–Theodore Roosevelt
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.–Chinese Proverb
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