a reply to: zosimov
or to simply go outside and see what lessons nature has to teach today.
I've decided to take you up on this part of the challenge, but I have to cheat in order to make it at all interesting. I cheat by relating an anecdote
from 7 years ago.
I lived on the main floor of a house with cellar and attic which had been converted into a 4 apartment rental shortly after WWII. The conversion
process was shortly after WWII, not my residency there. I'm not quite that old.
The lady who lived in one of the cellar apartments below me had the habit of throwing broken pieces of bread out of her kitchen window in order to
feed the squirrels.
I was out on the front entryway one morning having a smoke and watching the squirrels. A raven flew down from his perch on the power line over the
front street, snatched a chunk of bread and flew back up to his perch. After consuming the morsel, he flew back down, eyed me for a bit, then
approached another chunk of bread.
"Hey, that's for the squirrels!" I called out.
The raven stopped, watched a squirrel digging in the lawn, then started scratching at the ground and lowering his head. Then he looked at me until the
squirrel he had been mimicking ran across the yard and up the plum tree next to the fence. He then followed; across the yard and up the tree. If you
have ever seen a raven walking up a tree while watching you over his shoulder then you would know why I burst out laughing.
"Okay, good job." I said, still laughing, "you deserve a squirrel's treat."
He hopped to the ground, grabbed the chunk of bread that was still waiting for him and flew back up to the power line.
I can't think of a good moral to the story.
Maybe: Once you have been paid for your act, don't forget to be yourself. Squirrels can't fly.
edit on 15-2-2019 by pthena because: (no reason