While walking along a wooded trail near her home in Ohio at the start of this month, Terenye noticed someone had left a small pile of birdseed on a bench. She felt compelled to take a pinch of the seeds and put them in her pocket — but that seemingly random impulse soon proved to have a purpose.
Shortly after, Terenye saw something she’d never seen in all her years of walking that trail. Not far off, perched on a branch, was a brilliant red cardinal. Having inherited a love for animals from her grandpa, Terenye instinctively reached for the seeds in her pocket.
“I stood on the trail with my hand out, never expecting the bird to fly down and land on my hand,” she said. “Never in a million years did I think it would come to me.”
But that’s exactly what happened.