I'm not sure if they're swallows or finches or sparrows...no idea. I really should know, because I LOVE birds, proof that I am totally my mother's daughter. She's the one who talked me into putting a bird feeder in my back yard, she's the one that bought me the hummingbird feeder for my kitchen window, and she's the one that bought all of the ornamental bird figures in my house (I have 5...8 if you include chickens as birds. Should I rephrase? I love fowl? That encompasses birds AND chickens right? I digress.) Stay with me, there's a great point here - I swear.
So the birds. They fly around the front of my house like kamikaze pilots because apparently, my house is crack for birds. Well, they're back again, and just like last year they have built another nest!
Now, the first time they did this, I thought, "Oh, how cute! I have a nest! In my light fixture! Squee! I love birds!" That was before we discovered that one of those little birdies had gotten stuck and we found out a little too late (may it rest in peace) and I crumbled into a blubbering, sobbing mess.
Now, I'm sure that the little birdies know what happened to their poor, unfortunate friend. However, they are single-minded in their task - they will not be swayed! They will build this nest regardless of the consequences!
So what's the moral of the story? TRY AND TRY AGAIN! Did you write your first draft only to discover it was a disaster and that you had to start over from scratch? Maybe you're up to your eyeballs in edits, and can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe life got in the way - that happens.
Just remember - if you want it...NEVER GIVE UP!