Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Yesterday was an unusual day in that it was the first really sunny day in about a week here. Not only was it a nice break from almost continuous snowstorms, it gave me a chance to indulge in a favorite pass-time of mine. I wasn't truly aware how wrapped up in the pass-time I become until my better half remarked from behind me that I was coming to resemble our five cats more every day. Not being absolutely clear what she meant, I inquired as to her thinking on the matter. Her answer, of course, led to another group of thoughts tumbling from my mouth about how this behavior on my part wasn't new, but had started when I was young and very curious growing up amid the wonders of a farm in the woods. The only real difference today is that I'm much older and curious. It seems the older I get, the more inquisitive I become, apparently so much so that the wife thinks I'm becoming like the cats.
And what activity on my part was the inspiration for this, probably very apt, observation on her part? It seems she'd been observing me from another room for quite some time trying to figure out just what was holding my attention so well, and that of the cats grouped around me sharing the view from the window. Nothing in particular I told her, just a couple different things. We're watching the snow falling past the window as it plunges from the roof. And, between the exciting moments of plunging snow, we're watching the water run down the sides of the icicles hanging from the eaves and freeze at the tips to increase their length one minuscule bit at a time. It was her observing this behavior that caused her to remark how she thought I was becoming more like the cats every day, how little she knows. I prefer to think of it as the cats, being younger than I even in 'kitty years', have come to appreciate the joys of learning the art of quiet observation of life's little miracles at the side of an 'old master'. Until next time, take care, and don't forget to observe this wonderful world at every opportunity. It sure beats working on the never-ending 'to do list'.