A Day in the Life

I was waiting for my wife to join me for lunch – perched high up in the terraced café’s

balcony – and overlooking torrents of river water cascading over the remains of a 19th

century mill-dam.


Enjoying a birds’ eye view of the rocky wilderness and enveloped by the

thunderous sounds of crashing rapids below, I noticed a lone seagull quietly standing on a

large flat rock amidst this watery chaos. As the river swirled around his feet, he cocked

his head and his eyes seemed to be blinking up at me.


I said: “Hey … don’t look at me, I’ve got nothing to throw your way; I’m waiting for

my dinner too!” Having infinitely more patience than me, he stood his ground – I

settled in with a beer.


When my wife arrived, she decided to toss him a slice of lemon; but he

never budged. I guess he wasn’t much of a vegetarian … probably waiting for

someone with fries (delivered a little closer to his dinner plate, if you please).


A little further downstream, where the torrents of water died down to a quiet and serene

pastoral scene; I noticed a single solitary plant precariously hanging for dear life, high up

on the face of a sheer rock cliff – natures intrinsic sense of survival. It always amazes me

what a change in perspective can bring to your feelings … just part of life.


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

By Robert Frost

Getting up to leave and looking back down at the still unflinching seagull below, I

thought: “See you later my fine feathered friend; but what else can you expect … slim

pickings on a Monday afternoon”.







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