Senior Nature Lovers: Simple Pleasures

Jul 12th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When we were mid-westerners, through the long and bitter winters, we learned to spend a lot of time looking outside our windows.  Then, it was too cold to venture outside to challenge the ice and snow.  It took too much energy to dress for the occasion. So, we spent a lot of time, looking outside our window.  Now, as retired south-westerners, in the summer time, we find ourselves staying inside in the summertime.  It is against the law (even for senior citizens!)  to under dress to accommodate the heat, so we stand or sit by our huge windows, looking outside. 

In both cases we were about watching the birds. In the Winter, it was experiencing their flitting from tree to ground to bird feeder, searching for food, scratching for seed, unknowingly entertaining their human audience.  Now, we are doing the same.  This time, we stay in to ward off the 100 degree heat amidst the comfort of our air conditioning.  And we gaze out our big picture window at the beautiful landscape, and the birds who seem to love to entertain us.

Outside our window is a Hibiscus, with bright red flowers, reaching about a third of the way up our window.  The birds, right now, are visiting it, just outside our window.  There have been nearly a dozen.  They are tiny, grey in color, with a splash of black above their eyes.  While their identity is unknown, they are at play among the bushes.  They flit and flutter, sometimes briefly pausing to look at us, or though it would seem, through the other side of the window.  Are they as curious about us as we are them?  Reminiscent of our times in Nebraska, in the winter, today these tiny sparrow like creatures grant us the privilege of their company.  Their visit, while brief, is nonetheless enjoyable.  Their presence, not unlike their brothers and sisters of the north in winter,  is in pursuit of  protection from the elements and finding food.   

It is of some significant note that one can simply sit at one’s window and allow for the the presence of nature and simple pleasures to entertain us. “Oh, what a wonderful world.”



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