August 2010 - EDITOR'S NOTE: Variety Is The Spice Of Life!
Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Photography by Anne
This morning, Morgan and I were enjoying a nice leisurely stroll (eight-mile power walk) when we happened upon a display of nature at its finest. A squirrel darted out on the bike path directly in front of us. How cute. No more than three seconds later, a giant red-tailed hawk swooped out of nowhere, talons outspread, with the fat, fuzzy squirrel as its intended target. I gasped in horror, scaring the bejesus out of Morgan, who was paying absolutely no mind to what was directly in front of us.
My outcry also scared the bejesus out of the hawk, who quickly decided the squirrel wasn’t meant to be his breakfast, thanks to our untimely presence on his hunting grounds.
Maggie: “We just saved that poor squirrel’s life!”
Morgan: “That hawk was probably trying to find food for her babies! You just altered natural selection.”
I had to chuckle about our polar opposite reactions to exactly the same event. Maybe Morgan doesn’t like squirrels. Or perhaps she likes giant birds of prey better than rats in furry clothes.
No. She dislikes all animals, so that couldn’t have played a part in her response. Do I like squirrels better than birds? Not really—I sit for hours on my back porch totally enamored with all the chickadees, cardinals and blue jays that visit my feeder.
I pondered this for quite some time before I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t really matter. What fun would it be if we all had the same viewpoints?
Variety is the spice of life!