Monday, October 02, 2006
As I was cooking breakfast this morning, I walked over to our dining room window. I do that quite often, just to look out and see what's going on. There's a playground across the parking lot from our townhouse, and lots of times there are children playing out there that are fun to watch. There are also lots of birds and squirrels, and occasionally a cat will wander through from another apartment complex. There's usually something of interest to watch out there.
This morning was no exception. There was a puddle in the parking area just outside the playground fence, and in that puddle, several birds were taking turns bathing. I got a huge kick out of watching them dip their heads in, then shake the water down their back, then squat down into the water and dance a little jig, feathers flipping wildly to clean their bellies and wings. I stood there talking to them through the window, and just laughing out loud at them. I think one of them must have been a little boy bird; he just washed his head and flew away, while other birds were taking thorough baths! Anyone passing by might have thought I'd lost my mind, talking to birds through the window. As I remarked to Samuel that simple people are amused by simple things, I realized that I really did enjoy watching the birds come and go. So call me simple, I guess, but I'm happy being my simple self. And with entertainment like bathing birds, who needs a TV?!
Image from Whispering Pines Gifts
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