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Nature Scenes: What’s your perspective?
By Lynn Bowen
posted Jun 9, 2014 - 9:45:31am
There’s a famous family story about me as a 4-year-old, when I got lost in a huge four-story department store in Montreal in about 1945. I don’t remember it, but apparently I just wandered away from my mother and, of course, she panicked.
She listened for a scream or cry from me, but it didn’t happen. Had I been kidnapped, or how could I just disappear? Mom frantically called my dad at work, and he actually called the morgue! Well, I was found by a store clerk in the store who asked me if I was lost, and my answer was that I was not lost, but my mother was!
Three hours later, she found me happily eating ice-cream cones in the lost-and-found department of that store! I did not get upset and just assumed I would be found soon. My answer was certainly a different perspective than most children would have in that situation!
A rainstorm can ruin your plans to go on a picnic – this happens sometimes. But from birds’ and other animals’ viewpoint, the rain quenched their thirst, cleaned the dusty air, and did not dampen their spirits. That’s their perspective.
When I see a bird eating a fish, I think that from the fish’s perspective, it’s a terrible day. In fact, it’s his last day. But from the bird’s viewpoint, it’s a great day since he’s had a good meal. Well, thoughts to ponder!
— Bowen lives in DeLand. Send email to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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