I love making new friends, especially animal ones. And especially when they just show up because maybe you need some company, or maybe they just want to hang out.
Ah dot dot dot, or maybe they have ulterior motive and just want some snacks. Snacks are fun. Who doesn’t enjoy empty calories on a sunshine day?
If I recall correctly, I had plans later on in the evening. It wasn’t anything big or spectacular, which are my favorite kinds. Because in kind those can and do become the big and spectacular. But what I’m saying is, and what I think a lot of people can relate to, is that moment of peace and solitude before you join up with friends, family, and loved ones. It’s those few minutes of time, that you cherish because you’re one with yourself, and everything around you. Perhaps nothing at all, but just you and your thoughts.
The black jasmine iced tea was one of their fresh and cold beverages on hand. It looked good on paper, and looked tremendous served. I adore the color.
For this go around, I did get an almond and fruit pastry to go along with it.
Neither had a chance, but for contrasting and endearing reasons.
Sitting outside is one of those things that we do so much, yet maybe not enough of, and at least for me, I still don’t appreciate it enough. I should not take this for granted. I’m blessed to have eyes that can see the water ahead, and ears to hear nature (more on that shortly), and a nose to get all the smells, for better or worse, and a the functioning parts of my body to sit, and to just be. What a gift that is.
And what a gift it is, to share this with some new animal pals. I didn’t notice it right away, but my pastry was the draw. Maybe in some alternate universe these charming birds were drawn to me. In a way, it’s possible. I hope they felt safe. I hope they felt that this sweet treat was going to provide them with the happiest and harmonious nourishment, at least for that moment.
With only one or two bites in, I had to wave the white flag here, and throw in the towel. And that’s ok. I wasn’t meant to much to have much of this. And no, I did not eat any after the birds indulged. That would be gross!
Yet, what was beautiful is this group of birds came together and shared this food with each other, like pals, like best friends, and like a family.
It was beautiful thing to watch, and I got some great photos of this happening. Hindsight being what it is, I wish I caught video. Maybe I have it somewhere, and I’ll update this post again later. Perhaps, the filming was not meant to be, and these photos are enough.
I hope wherever my new friends are, that they’re looking out for each other, sharing with one another, and protecting each other. Because we can use more of that in this world. I learn so much by watching groups of animals just be in sync with one another on so many levels. It’s quite a spiritual and healing thing to see.
The tea was great too, and no they weren’t interested in that one bit…
And not a knock on the tea, but when these birds arrived, I wasn’t interested in anything else but witnessing joy, happiness, rays of sunshine, and a moment in the summer and in time, that is one of those big things.
Peace Be With You…