Once upon a time a great lady eagle sat high upon a mountain. She was looking out over the valley.
There were lots of beautiful houses and trees down there. There were pools and people playing in the water.
While she was looking down, she saw something she had not seen before. She didn’t know what it was and decided to fly down for a closer look.
She leaped out into the air and spread her wings wide. She started down into the valley.
Fouuff, fouuff. Fouuff, fouuff went the sound of her wings on the wind. Fouuff, fouuff. Fouuff, fouuff.
She landed in the top of a tree beside the pool to take a closer look at the little flying thing she had never seen before.
It looked like a bird. It moved like an insect. What is it she thought to herself?
The Lady Eagle watched the little flyer zip back and forth from plant to plant, flower to flower and tree to tree. In the blink of an eagle’s eye, the little flyer moved from one to the other.
Finally, Lady Eagle couldn’t hold it any longer. She spoke to the little flyer.
“Hello,” she said.
“Excuse me for asking like this but I would really like to know. What are you? Are you an insect or a bird? And how do you fly like that?
The little flyer just continued to bounce around in the air going up and down and from side to side very fast in front of Lady Eagle’s eyes.
Lady Eagle got tired of trying to keep up. She spoke to the little flyer again.
“Please don’t be frightened because I am so big,” she said. I just want to talk.
“I’m not scared of you,” the little flyer said. You could never fly as fast as me or move as fast as I can move up and down and from side to side.” Don’t worry. You don’t scare me.
I can’t fly as high as you but as you see, I can fly very fast, even standing still. Why do you want to talk to me, anyway? I never saw you around here before.
I want to know how you fly like that. Can you teach me?
Why would a great bird like you want to fly like me? You can fly higher and farther than any other bird.
“So, you’re a bird then,” Lady Eagle asked? I wasn’t sure.
Yes, I am a bird, not a very big one, but I am a bird.
I am told that you can fly straight down from very high very fast over the river and catch a really big fish with your feet. Can you really do that?
Yes, I can. That is how I feed my children sometimes.
I could never do that. Besides, all the fish would be bigger than me anyway.
You know, I can hardly be still long enough to do anything. You know what else? The humans say that it is because I am so small with very small thin wings that I make the humming sound that I make when I fly. Do you know they try to make their helicopter and airplanes fly like me? I don’t know why.
You probably thought I was just a big bee, didn’t you?
I just didn’t know what you were. That is why I came down to visit. I wanted to see you and meet you for myself.
Your wings do make that humming sound. Then that is what I shall call you. I shall call you hummingbird.
No. No you want. You may be a big great bird, but you are silly. I don’t need you to give me a name. I already have a name.
Hummingbird is what the humans say I do. That is what they call me. Hummingbird is not my name.
If I called you the sound your wings make, fouuff, fouuff. Fouuff, fouuff. Would you like that?
“No, I guess I wouldn’t,” Lady Eagle said. I never thought about it like that. I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings. I never have been very good at making friends. It seems like I am always saying the wrong thing. I don’t mean to.
I think it is because I spend so much time alone. I try to make a good impression but then I go and say something wrong. I just want to make friends.
I have never had a name. Would you please tell me yours?
My name is MaKayla. Well, we’ll just have to work together to come up with a name for you that you will like.
Since you are the Queen of all great birds, we have to help you choose a really good one.
I would like that very much. Yes, help me to choose a very good name.
“Where do you fly,” asked MaKayla?
I fly over the rivers and the forests. I fly through the mountains and over the valleys.
“I think you might like the name Leia,” said MaKayla.
“What does it mean,” Lady Eagle asked?
“Leia means one who knows the land and loves the land,” she said.
“Leia,” the Lady Eagle said. I like it. It sounds very noble.”
“Thank you, MaKayla. I will no longer just be a lady eagle but I will tell everybody my name and about my new friend who gave the beautiful name of Leia to me.”
“I hope we can be friends for a very long time,” Leia said.
“No, Leia. I’m sorry. I cannot be your friend for a very long time. It is not our way. When you become our friend, we are friends forever.”
“Forever, it is, then MaKayla,” said Leia.
“Forever, Leia,” said MaKayla.
As Leia goes up into the sky, MaKayla can hear her shouting to the wind, my name is Leia! My name is Leia.
“Yes, it is, Leia. Yes, it is,” MaKayla said.