Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 31 - Woodpeckers, Smiles and Ellen

What do woodpeckers, smiles and Ellen have in common? The way you feel after you've seen them.

 I missed posting on day 30. I was going to write about the woodpecker I noticed on the bird feeder 2 days ago. The feeder is set so that if a bigger bird or squirrel or other critter gets on the bar, it closes off the access to the food. Well this gymnastic woodpecker was able somehow to get around this small inconvenience. He held onto the bar lightly with his tiptoes (claws?), did a backwards turn and reached his long woodpecker beak into the seed trough. I tried to get picture but of course, he was camera shy.  Yesterday, I was able to click a quick photo. Alas, I had to shoot through the screen, zoom in to the point of blurry and was looking into the sun. You can see a red speck but not the bird's athletic prowess. It doesn't quite have the same affect as the real thing.

Thursday is the day I set aside a few hours to visit with my senior friend. The onset of cold weather made her arthritic hands ache so she wasn't in the best of moods. We sat at her dining room table and chatted for awhile.  I helped her fill out some medical forms and with each question she told me a little more about herself.  I noticed that as she talked, her mood lightened. We laughed as she shared stories about her father and brothers.  Quite out of the blue she asked me to stand by while she tried to get on her exercise bike. Huh? This from the woman who could only shuffle across the room an hour ago?
Let me just say that this 92 year old woman could give a non-doping, non-drugging Lance Armstrong a  run for his money.  I got winded just watching her. Eight miles later she felt better physically and emotionally.

"I guess I was just feeling sorry for myself," she said. "If I could, I'd kick myself in the butt."

Damn, I thought, nothing like being shamed into exercise by a little old lady.

I don't think my friend was the only one who felt better after my visit. I was also smiling more. I ran into the grocery store for a few things. The check out lady said she could tell I was having a good day. I wonder,  did I feel better because she smiled at me? Or did she feel better because I smiled at her? Either way I (re)noticed there is amazing power in a smile.

When I got home I watched Ellen. I love Ellen. I noticed how good I felt watching her make a gigantic change in someone's life. Then I thought about my friend, and realized it doesn't have to be a $50K gift to make someone feel better. Maybe all you really have to do is smile at a person or encourage them to get back on the bike and start pedaling.

What have you noticed lately?
Merry ME

1 comment:

AkasaWolfSong said...

While out for a leisurely drive this week with a dear friend, we saw a gaggle of geese, a flock of turkeys, a bluebird...maybe a jay or a bunting...and two really big ravens and a pair of was definitely bird day around here. I love watching and studying the birds...and wishing I could fly on the thermals along with them,,,to see what they see?
I would have loved to see your woodpecker and it's funny antics while feeding, Mary...Birds are such interesting creatures. :)
Isn't Ellen the greatest? I love her zest for life!!!
Happy Week's end my Sister/Friend! xoxoxo