I was walking around my neighborhood this weekend and saw one of the most beautiful crows perched on a fence. He bobbed his head up and down and made a low guttural caw-cawing sound. His feathers were shiny black, but with the autumn sun shining on them, dark purple sparkled. I was mesmerized by this magical creature. I knew then and there that I had found our Weekly MUSE!I went back to my writer’s studio and began researching this magnificent bird. Here is what I found:
Crows are not your ordinary “birdbrained” creature. In fact, crows are incredibly smart. Some researchers say that crows are as smart as chimpanzees and gorillas – a somewhat close relative to humans. WOW!
And crows have developed quite a close relationship with humans. In most places around the world, if you can find us, you can find them. The same could be said for rats, but rats try to hide from us while crows will sometimes try to find us.
Just like humans, crows have problem solving skills. They will make tools from wire and sticks to retrieve food from a hole. Look here to see for yourself. Scroll down to the middle of the page. They will also place nuts in the middle of the road and wait for a car to crack it open. The crows will wait on a telephone line until the coast is clear and then retrieve their goods.
Crows are also very social. They travel together, live in families, protect each other, and even mourn the deaths of fellow crows. And if you cross a crow and cause him/her danger, they will call for help. Within moments a mob of crows will come to the rescue. They will scold you and possibly dart down at you from overhead trees.
Even more amazing, is that crows remember faces. If you have ever caused a crow harm, he/she will not forget you. The crow’s family will unlikely forget you as well – and they are not likely to forgive you… ever.
But the most amazing insight I have learned about crows is their ability for friendship. Take a look at this video. Two natural born enemies show each other love and compassion – something we could all learn from.
If you would like to learn more about crows and their common characteristics, look here.
With this new knowledge, what kind of story could you write? Maybe these WHAT IF questions will help you get started.
WHAT IF your main character (a human) becomes best friends with a crow?
WHAT IF crows go someplace magical at night, and your main character follows them to this magical place?
WHAT IF your main character understood the language of crows? Would this unlock secret knowledge about the human race?
The possibilities are endless, and please leave your own what if questions in the comment section below. I’d love to see what you come up with.
So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, a pencil and a piece of paper, and let’s begin. With your imagination, we can go anywhere. I look forward to seeing where you take us.
The word of the day is “mourn”. Here is the definition: to feel or express sadness for the death or loss of someone or something.
Photo Credit: Nakita
Photo Credit: Nakita