When we were kids it always seemed that Mom knew what was going on. After I became a mom myself I realized how transparent we were as children and how, with a little home-grown psychology, you could figure out what kids were up to.
Mom's favorite line when we questioned how we knew she knew was, "A little birdie told me."
For Christmas one year my brother got a BB gun. I don't know if it was a Red Rider. Probably was a Daisy. And yes, they told him to be careful he didn't shoot his eye out. He did some target practice but I think Mom wasn't expecting what came next.
When asked where he was going one morning with his BB gun he replied, "I'm gonna shoot that little birdie!"
Every so often I systematically read through my Bible from beginning to end and recently ended up in Ecclesiastes where I found a real surprise--the birdie!
In Ecclesiastes 10:20 it says: Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said.
So, Mom, you were right. There is a little birdie out there!