A rehabilitated eagle.

Two bald eagles, each in its own pet carrier, were moved to a site not far from the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska. It was a frigid November day and folks were dressed appropriately. Many people had gathered to see the release of two rehabilitated eagles. The eagles were stars. It was hard not to take a photo of someone taking a photo. To me, it was as if the world had been wrapped in bacon. That’s a good thing for a man who loves bacon. It was a perfect time and it got even better. My wife had the honor of releasing one of the eagles. She did her job well. When the eagle flew, the applause was loud, easily overcoming the handicap of gloves and mittens. My heart flew with the eagle and danced with my wife’s smile.

  Love finds happiness in the happiness of others. It wasn’t all that long ago when I saw no eagles. They were ghosts. Francois de La Rochefoucauld said, "True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen."

  I’m a lucky man. I’ve seen it.