Recently, I was having coffee with one of my friends and we were talking about being aware – that many people are not aware of the world around them – they don’t take the time to notice what’s going (often times if it’s not happening on a tiny screen in their hand – they are oblivious). And it made me remember an interesting story – which means that now you all get to read about it.
The Vermilion Flycatcher
When I was younger, as was my son, we spent a lot of time at the park. Whilst I’m not a hardcore birder, many of my friends are, and I love to do casual birding. And I’ve developed an insatiable appetite for birds (seeing not eating). So I taught my son to be on the lookout for birds. The park is an excellent place for this – obviously.
Anyway, we always see the Vermilion Flycatcher at every park we play at. I mean EVERY park – all over Tucson, AZ. It is quite a stunning bird. We have dubbed it our ‘spirit park bird’. So one day we were playing at the park amidst the trees and jungle gyms with a lot of other kids and parents. Dorian looked up and said “Mom – there’s our Vermilion Flycatcher!”.
The gentleman next to use looked up and exclaimed “WOW! What a beautiful bird! Is it rare? I’ve never seen a bird like that before.”
I agreed it was a beautiful bird – but told him I think it’s quite common at this particular park. We see it all the time,
He said he’d never really bothered looking up at the birds before and maybe he should start.
I smiled and agreed.
Sometimes we just need to look up once in a while – with eyes wide and see what there is to see – not what we expect to see. I like that lesson in life.
This post is for my friend, Ted Schredd – he knows about looking up and being aware.