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When Birds in the Suite Try To Tell You Something

When my friend Gretchen and I booked our trip to Cabo San Lucas, we decided to go “Micro-Lux!” In other words, we can’t afford to stay at a super posh place for weeks on end. But for a big birthday that ends in a “0”, and a 30-year friendship, we figured we could go big on luxury just for a few nights. We booked an ocean view room at the Resort at Pedregal (soon be Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal). The number one resort in Mexico according to Travel and Leisure (2019), and number seven resort in the world according to TripAdvisor at the time!

It was so over the top, that I was moved to write to the general manager in advance of our stay. I was like a little girl all excited to go to Disney World. I thanked him for creating magic for grownups. When I watched the video with the smiling staff, the spectacular views and exceptional restaurants, I thought, “this is too much.” But then, as I told the GM in my letter, maybe it’s not. My friend and I have been through so much together. Children in hospitals, divorce, you name it. We had been there for each other. We worked hard and it’s time we celebrate us. I thought he and his team might get a kick out of hearing about “the little guy” (or gals this case) who were on their trip of a lifetime. We were not demanding VIPs. We would be guests giddy with our good fortune, and appreciate every detail!

As the private gate opened to the resort, I started to video tape the entrance to a long tunnel through a mountain. Chandelier after chandelier sparkled like the stars. And on the other end, there were the very people I saw in the video, smiling and welcoming me in the open air lobby with ocean views and the most delicious margarita I’ve ever had. I’m still not sure if it really was the most delicious, or it was just the surroundings that kicked everything up a notch. Either way – it was amazing!

A concierge started to show me around, and then her eyes widened as she looked over my shoulder, “Excuse me Ms. Royse, but I’d like to introduce you to our general manager….”

“Hello Ms. Royse, I am Fernando Flores, the general manager, we are so delighted to welcome you to the Resort at Pedregal.” His voice was as rich as Ricardo Montalbán’s fine Corinthian leather, and if I’m being completely honest, Señor Flores would beat Mr. Roarke in all categories of a general manager competition. Including the polished, movie star presence. He clearly had everything under control.

“Ms. Royse, I am delighted to report that a very special suite is available, and we are happy to upgrade you to this beautiful three bedroom suite. The only one on property with a private jacuzzi.” The concierge was visibly excited for me. I thanked him profusely, and then concierge led me to the suite. Given how excited she was, I was under the impression this suite wasn’t used that often.

I’m not going to lie, I felt a little like Julia Roberts after the opera in Pretty Woman. I almost peed my pants!! I mean… come on!Just check out this video! ;-)

I turned to the concierge…

“Three bedrooms and four bathrooms for the two of us? If traffic is bad, you can just stay here with us, and bring your friends! We have room!” She laughed and shared in my joy. An hour later Gretchen finally arrived, and I had the pleasure of serving her a welcome margarita. I think we laughed the entire trip. Everywhere we turned was a new amenity to delight!

We enjoyed our first sunrise there laying on pool chairs in front of the infinity pool overlooking the ocean. And as if ordered up especially for us. . . WOOSH!!! A whale fully breached out of the water, and splashed down with joy! We threw our hands up like we were on a roller coaster! “Woo hoo!!!” We clapped and cheered. And then we realized it was only 7 AM, so we better pipe down. We just couldn’t help ourselves in the moment.

After sunrise we went back up to the hotel room to grab the binoculars (great amenity for whale migration season!) and that’s when I heard the scream.

Anne!!! There’s a bird in our bathroom!!” Gretchen shrieked as she raced away from the situation. My first thought was, “I hope it didn’t poop yet.”

Not only for the obvious reasons, but I would have felt bad. Gretchen and I had been upgraded to a Penthouse Suite far above our means. In a hotel that caters regularly to the rich and famous. We were just a couple of regular schmoes celebrating big birthdays and more than 30 years of friendship. But the hotel treated us as though we were royalty. Fresh guacamole and chips with beers and margaritas delivered to our suite every afternoon like clockwork. We couldn’t let the bird poop in the penthouse. We were the ones who accidentally left the patio door open. I went to investigate.

I discovered two of the sweetest little finches, chirping as they flit about together. Something magical was happening. I remember my aunt once suggesting that when animals show up in your life, to take a moment and enjoy considering why they showed up. I basked in their sweet songs for a minute or two, and captured them on video.

I then gently directed them out by guiding them to the open door, and off they flitted.

Gretchen and I went down to breakfast, and I asked her if she’d mind if I searched the internet for the meaning of these little birds. I determined that they were house finches, so I searched: house finch totem.

As I read the various quotes, we both got a little teary and giggled at the same time.

Various sites talked about finches being such joyful birds. Seizing the moment. They enjoy dancing and flitting and just being playful.

Birthday Boating in Cabo San Lucas - Finch Style!

“When a finch animal spirit swoops into your life, you can take it as a message of praise and congratulations for the liveliness, enthusiasm and excitement that have been characterizing your life as of late. Finches remind us to enjoy our lives, savoring each moment of joy that we experience,” from

Just that morning we had talked about how worth it, it was, to splurge on ourselves. None of us knows when we're going to hit our expiration date. We agreed that it's important to take time and celebrate friendship. After thirty years of a lot of ups and downs. These little songbirds were celebrating with us. We were indeed savoring every single moment of that vacation, and all that led to this magical trip.

Let me leave you with one final thought. It's fun to notice the magic of animals showing up in every day life. Not just super awesome trips! In fact, a couple of weeks ago, I was having a really bad day, when I noticed a sweet bird land directly above me and start singing away. I searched the internet for what kind of bird it was, and then what the "totem" meaning was. It turned out to be the perfect little reassurance needed in the moment; and if nothing else, it got me out of my head and helped me "zoom out" to the bigger picture. Life is grand and magical if we can just take a moment to notice. Even on the sucky days.

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