... in a swannery

Published on 22 Jul 2017
A swan mother and child skeleton

Orthopaedics. The word which we know to be the branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles comes from Greek orthos meaning ‘right or straight’ and paideia ‘rearing of children’. (one of many facts recently learned on a Medical Terminology course recently!). 

It has got me thinking about the development of bones in our body.  Both physical and spiritual.  A few weeks back I visited a swannery.  The baby cygnets were in various stages of development but the beauty I snapped above made me smile. 

Cygnet with its head huddled in its fluffy feathers

Sooo cute and soft and cuddly looking.  Hard to imagine a solid bone structure in this little one.

Later on in the visitor centre I came upon the skeletons of a mother and baby swan also pictured above.  I found it fascinating that the skeleton is so perfectly solid and developed in the baby.  I don't know what i was expecting it to be, I probably thought it was all soft inside too! But what does this have to do with us?  I reflected on my upbringing at God-fearing schools and the way my parents encouraged me to go to church.  I am so thankful for the spiritual backbone it gave me and the spiritual framework it provided.  In conversation with many others, I realise that so many  are not as fortunate as I was and this is something to be profoundly grateful for.