Last week was very difficult for me. My wife traveled to Hawai'i (Big Island) to compete in the "Merry Monarch" hula festival. When I'm alone I tend to be visited by many unexplainable things, which I first believed was just paranoia. Since I became part of a unity I noticed that many strange things ceased or were shared experiences between my wife and me. It's like I had a partner or sidekick!
Last time she went to the festival I felt something watching me through out the night. Never had more than 3 hours of sleep a night because of that pressure in my room. This time was different though. This time I got real sick.
The day after she left I began feeling like a cold was taking over. By Friday morning my stomach felt like it was turning, I was nauseous. I felt extremely tired and my head throbbed. I had to get to my meeting, which I was about to cancel, when my wife calls me.
I tell her how I feel and she asked if I was still going to work. I know she would fight through illness to work, so I sucked it up and told her I was still going. I parked a couple blocks from my meeting place and dreaded the walk to the building. I was concentrating on not falling flat on my face. Then I hear a high pitched chuckle.
Above my parked vehicle is a Mynah. It stared at me from the telephone wire it was perched upon. I gave it a nod, hoping it would find somewhere else to poop, and began walking to my destination. As I turned at the cross section a shadow swooped passed my head. It was the same Mynah. It flew up onto the street sign in front of me. I ignored it and continued on.
Once again the Mynah flew passed me onto a nearby fence. I looked at it and clicked with my tongue. The Mynah just stared at me. I shrugged and went across the street to the next block. As I continued my walk, the Mynah stayed with me, swooping down past me and landing a few yards in front of me. Fence to wire; wire to sign, sign to post it went with me all the way to the back entry of the office buildings.
I get to the back gated area and the Mynah jumped onto the railing right next to me. I held out my hand and he never flinched. I brought out my cell phone and snapped a photo of it next to my hand. He unnervingly stared at me, right into my eyes. I then told the Mynah "I'm going now, goodbye!" I walked into the courtyard heading toward the stairwell that leads to my meeting room. I was dreading the stairs since I felt a bit woozy. As I stepped onto the first part of the stairs I feel a scratching on my backpack.
I turned to see what this noise was. It was the Mynah scurrying up my backpack. He walked onto my shoulder and perched. I looked at him and he stared into my left eye. "Are you coming with me?" I asked. He just sat there. I went up 3 flights of stairs with this wild creature on my shoulder. When I got to my room I asked "Are you following me in?" He stared into my eye again without fear. I opened the door and proceeded in.
I looked at my coworkers and exclaimed "Look what followed me in!" When they looked up, the bird immediately bolted out the door. One of the ladies asked "What the heck was that!?!" I said it was a Mynah bird. It followed me from my car. She replied "Yeah, right!" She came to the door and the Mynah was on the outside railing staring at me still. "Do you have your phone?" she asked. "Let me get a photo of you and your friend." I stood next to the Mynah, but as she raised the cell phone he started to walk away.
"Move closer to it." she said. I moved back next to it and she pulled the phone up again. The Mynah started moving away again so she quickly snapped the picture. "I need to get closer; he looks like the back ground..." She stepped out of the office and the bird took off. Here's the strangest thing. When it left, my stomach was no longer aching, the pounding in my head stopped, I didn't feel nauseous any more, and I felt calm.
Hawaii's Mynah birds are very independent and wild. They do not interact well with people. This bird was different. He consistently stared into my eyes and he was very much afraid of the girl taking our picture. My ailments also ceased when he flew away, I even felt better than normal, peaceful. My family has animal protectors, believe it or not, that are called 'aumakua. Many Hawaiian families have these things. My family 'aumakua is the shark, however, not the Mynah.
I'm not saying I'm unappreciative to this creature freeing me of my sickness, I'm just surprised, pleasantly surprised. This Mynah was a very gentle creature; I couldn't even feel it holding onto my shoulder. I've held tamed birds before and they dig in with the talons, this one did not. It almost felt like family, a soft hand on my shoulder. Any one have any ideas or beliefs that could shed some light on this? Thanks for reading!