“Never miss a sunrise or a rainbow because your gaze is down.” ~ Aine Belton
Around the knot hanged four grey squirrels. They blended so perfectly with the bark that I was nearly past the tree before I felt their stares following me like the eyes of a portrait painting. Naturally, I spoke to them. It would, after all, be rude not to. After a few “Hello, little squirrels” while slowly reaching for my camera, two bolted up the tree ruining an otherwise brilliant arrangement. The two remaining seemed to talk about the situation as I, no doubt sounding a fool to passersby, continued to talk; “Are you sunning yourselves? It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?” As if they would reply. The older of the pair finally had enough of my nonsense, and ascended the trunk leaving the juvenile alone, upside down, and staring. I was transfixed. He was beautiful and wanted desperately to trust. In the end, he decided against it, and up he went. What I would have missed if my gaze were down.