|I took notice of her, then she took notice of me, and we studied each other|
It's not like I expect them to answer me directly, or at length. I don't expect them to tell me that the scientific name for a sun dog is "parhelion," for example. For that sort of elucidation we require other humans. For the most part they lack language, and on the other hand/flipper we lack feathers, wings, bills and quacks. But as fellow living creatures I do sometimes hope for a bit of sensory interaction. Also, they appear to be such proper birds, dressed so sharply, standing upright, a bit brave and territorial in their conduct, I just feel compelled to not pass in silence.
Not just due to appearances, though, but also because I seek to learn from them. A while ago, I meditated on the idea that a mama duck protecting her babies on the canal bank is an example true toughness and strength, in "What is Tough, What is Strong?"
This one, this day, had the capacity to say something to me about nurturing. After snapping her photo, I kept thinking about nurturing, about taking care of the young, raising, feeding, protecting, and teaching them. It seems so important, the skill(s) of nurturing, but who teaches that? How do we pick up nurturing itself? Is it something you can even learn? Something so important, with so large an impact on our future world, I would think perhaps we would place more conscious focus on it. More importance.
Mama duck seemed to be getting nervous about me standing there on my bicycle so close to her and her babies so I moved on after calling a soft greeting to her: nurture them, so they grow up strong, swim fast and far, live well, and fly off to a far pond lit by a glowing sun dog.
|The scientific term for sun dog is "parhelion".|