When they say something is for the birds it's meant to be worthless, and not taken seriously. I've heard it stems from horse droppings from which some birds extract seeds; much like crows picking at trash, I suppose, but that doesn't seem worthless to me. The birds certainly gain something; if they didn't, they'd stop doing it. Human beings do a lot of things that might be considered for the birds, mundane or frivolous, yet somehow productive, like eagles soaring to great heights just because they can. Robins in springtime bring hope; hummingbirds sharing flowers with the bees make the earth a better place; and legions of bird species with their beautiful colors and variety bring joy to all who see them. And we cannot speak of birds without mention of their greatest gift— the freedom of flight, which has spurred mankind to reach for the limitless skies. I think being for the birds is a thing of great value, indeed.
~Elise Skidmore ©2022