I have been busy with a lot of paperwork these past few days (what happened to the paperless society we were promised?), and finally got tired of lots of stacks of papers on my desk and cleared off the 10’countertop behind my desk. Actually, it is at table level, so I can do a 180 degree turn in my chair and work off this counter. Generally it gets covered with all kinds of things – mostly for the comfort of my cat and “good intention” stacks – you know, stacks of publications and work-related items I get in the mail that I have good intentions of reading through eventually. I scanned a few of these, filed some items and shredded and recycled several huge bins full of paper off this counter, and did the 180 degree turn today.
One of the benefits of working off this counter is that I then am able to look out the window into the nearby trees. When I do take the opportunity to turn around and look out the window I am afforded wonderous sites. I have watched birds build nests and eggs hatch. Squirrels play in the trees just feet from me and I get to experience their play. Today a humming bird popped by.
I have been watching humming birds stop at my red Bee Balm and Cannus plants for years, but I have never seen them just stop on a tree before. Yes, they actually have legs and look just like any other bird when they stop… I guess I have never seem them stop before. As I said, they hover around the flowers and suck the nectar, and when the plant no longer provides the nectar they desire, they will come right up to the window from where I am watching and give me a look that seems to say “you’re all out – what are you going to do about it?” Today, this humming bird stopped just inches from the window on a small tree branch and looked at me for several minutes – and of course, I looked back. It was as if the little bird was saying “Don’t forget to breathe.”